Workplace Health and Safety in Chemical Industry Informational Meeting
Workplace Health and Safety in Chemical Industry training was given by our Labor and Social Security Training Expert Begüm Doğan to members of the chemical industry during the “Workplace Health and Safety in Chemical Industry Informational Meeting” held by İzmir Chamber of Commerce on 22 April 2019. The importance of the responsibilities that the involved parties are charged with to avoid recurrence of large-scale industrial accidents such as the Bhopal accident were mentioned in the meeting that commenced with the speeches of İzmir Chamber of Commerce General Secretary Prof. Dr. Mustafa TANYERİ and Council Member Tayfun EYİEL. Information was given in the seminar, in which participants showed profound interest, regarding general workplace health and safety applications, the work that should be done particularly for the chemical industry and newly published legal regulations. Also the chemical industry applications of the Workplace Health and Safety Law number 6331 were discussed in detail and sector representatives’ views on the topic were evaluated.
Touching on the significance of ÇASGEM achieving coordination with regard to creating awareness about workplace health and safety and informing shareholders, the participants requisitioned that workplace health and safety training is standardized and a curriculum is formed. The importance of reaching accurate information for these efforts to fulfill their goals was accentuated in the meeting during which İZTO General Secretary reviewed workplace health and safety applications in detail from the aspect of employers.
As ÇASGEM, we contribute to the spreading of the correct execution of practices for the chemical industry with training programs in the areas of explosion protection, process safety, Seveso, fire safety, workplace health and safety and with informational meetings.
4th Management of Hazardous Chemicals and Process Safety Symposium and Exhibit was Held at MTA General Directorate
“4th Management of Hazardous Chemicals and Process Safety Symposium and Exhibit” organized by TMMOB Chamber of Chemical Engineers was held at the MTA General Directorate Sadrettin ALPAN Hall 24-25 April 2019. In addition to the officials from The Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services, The Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning, The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Mechanical and Chemical Industry Company, the symposium was attended by private sector representatives, academicians and experts. The symposium began with the TMMOB Chamber of Chemical Engineers Ankara Branch President Erkin ETİKE’s keynote speech and discussions were held regarding SEVESO and ADR regulations, which began to be implemented, the effects of hazardous chemicals on employees were mentioned, the difficulties encountered by implementers during the process safety and explosion protection document preparation process were conveyed and unknown facts about fires were discussed. The symposium continued with declaration presentations and concluded with the panel held with the attendance of Ministry officials.
Sessions were held with the titles of Process Safety Regulations and Management Systems, Process Safety and Management Elements, Concept of Affiliation in Safety Instrumented Systems Life Cycle, Industrial Control Systems in Chemical Industry and Industry 4.0 on the first day of the symposium. Sessions were held on the second day about Explosions, Fires, Causes of Spreading and Protective Measures, Process Safety in Explosive Manufacturing Facilities, Transportation, Storage and Neutralization of Explosives, Management of Chemicals, Good and Bad Field Practices. In addition to the disclosure of important information concerning the regulations and safety report reviews recently published by the Ministry officials, ADR practices in road transportation, the good practices and the work done by the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning were shared in the symposium regarding the ADR practices in the transportation of hazardous chemicals by road and safe usage of chemicals. Solutions for process safety, the work done for the management of hazardous chemicals and the solution of the problems that were encountered were presented by enterprises. Social Security Training Specialist Begüm DOĞAN and Social Security Training Assistant Specialist Gamze TEPEYURT attended the event as representatives of our institution.
The symposium, which lasted two days and concluded with the panel, stressed the importance of process safety, fire safety, prevention of explosions and toxic contaminations and management of chemicals. After the identification of threats, the role that not leaving these precautions as mere formalities on paper and putting them into practice has in preventing accidents was underlined and it was expressed that it was hoped that the work being done by professional chambers and universities and the contributions of enterprises would serve as a guiding light for solving the current problems.
As ÇASGEM, we contribute to the country-wide spreading of the correct execution of practices related to the management of hazardous chemicals and process safety with training programs within our ministry in the areas of explosion protection, process safety, Seveso, fire safety, workplace health and safety.
Meeting for Sharing of Employment Practices Supported by Turkey
“Meeting for Sharing of Employment Practices Supported by Turkey” was held at SGK Kavaklıdere Training Facility under the coordination Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services General Directorate of Disabled and Elderly Services.
The meeting was attended by the Confederation of the Disabled of Turkey, Özev, ATO, SGK, SERÇEV, MEB Special Education Services Directorate, ADECCO, Confederation of the Disabled, Down Syndrome Association, DİSDER, ESKARİYER, International Down Federation, UDF, SADEFE, Labour General Directorate, Turkish Employment Agency General Directorate, TÜRK-İŞ, Workplace Health and Safety General Directorate, HAK-İŞ, ZİÇEV, TİSK, BAŞKENT ÖİDB and ÇASGEM representatives.
The meeting, which began with the keynote speech of the Director of Disabled and Elderly Services Dr. Orhan KOÇ and was also attended by ÇASGEM Chairman Abdurrahim ŞENOCAK, continued with presentations on this topic and ended with the workshop. Stating that employing the disabled is not enough by itself, Director Koç underlined the importance of ensuring the continued presence of the disabled personnel at workplace.
Information was given in the meeting about the projects titled Get Employed Get A Life, I’m Independent Because I Work, Business Coach Supported Employment Program, Down Chefs Turkey. After the projects, Turkey Education and Solidarity for the Disabled Foundation presented the activities they undertook for disabled individuals. Lastly, ESKARİYER shared their disabled employment consultancy activities.
Labor and Social Security Training Specialist Betül DÖNMEZ ORAL shared information about “Designing Training and Quality Assessment Tool for the Proficiency of Business Coaches Project” in which our institution has been a partner between 2015 and 2018. The results of the pilot training given within the scope of the project that aims to produce learning output based on ECVET system related curriculum and educational materials.
It was emphasized that the practices of supported employment for the employment of disabled individuals and the sustainability of this employment seemed promising. Hopes were expressed for the project based efforts to leave their place to the practice that has become widespread across the country.
2nd Process Safety Symposium and Exhibit was Held at the Informatics Valley
The topics of innovations brought on by the changes in regulations, practices related to the process safety with industry 4.0 and pressurized containers were brought to attention. In addition to the attendance of officials from our ministry, The Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning, AFAD and The Ministry of Industry and Technology, many invitees from the industry attended the symposium. The needs of the industry were discussed as well in the program which Labor and Social Security Training Specialist Begüm Doğan attended as a representative of our institution. Information was given also about the changes brought by the new regulations in the sessions during which ministry officials provided information about process safety applications. These platforms, informational meetings and training sessions are highly beneficial for all affiliates developing an accurate understanding of the acclimatization process of the SEVESO III Directive into our regulations and for the unity of practices. As ÇASGEM, we continue to work towards preventing major industrial accidents and reducing their effects with the informational meetings and training programs carried out within our ministry. As Labor and Social Security Training and Research Center, our aim is to improve the level of knowledge and proficiency of individuals with our Seveso training programs, to meet their needs and provide information regarding the questions and problems encountered in the sector.
Safety Culture Seminar in Vocational High Schools
Workplace Health and Safety Culture Seminar was given to the students of İzmir Atatürk Organized Industrial Zone Nedim Uysal Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School students on the 8th, 9th and 10th of April 2019 by our Labor and Social Security Training Specialist Esra Karaman. A total of 416 students and 35 teachers attended our seminars which were given to 3 different groups of participants in 3 hour long sessions.
The need for safety for all living beings and the importance of this need among other needs was highlighted in the seminar. It was mentioned that “labor” is a fundamental right and duty of citizenship and general information was provided about the legal regulations made in this area.
It was underlined that the concept of “labor” wasn’t only a bread-winning element but it was also indispensable for the advancement of a society socially and economically and for the empowerment of individuals and families, and that such an advancement was only possible with “deeds befitting humanity”. It was specified that a job had to provide a fair wage, social security for the individual and their family, personal development opportunities and freedom of expression, and that it had to be a job where men and women benefited from equal opportunities for the job to be considered befitting the honor of humanity. The concept of workplace health and safety was taken into consideration from the viewpoint of a job being befitting humanity. Afterwards, the health and safety hazards people can encounter while working and the protective measures that have been developed from the past to present were explored in discussion. İzmir Atatürk Organized Industrial Zone Nedim Uysal Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School is a school that has embraced the fact that qualified workforce is a significant shortcoming of our industry and the fact that educated individuals are the greatest treasure for a country. The school offers its students a wide range of technical and social benefits with its Industrial Automation Technologies, Mechanical Technology and Electrical Electronic Technology Departments, its education environments compatible with industry 4.0 technology and wide internship network. The students were given general knowledge in the seminar to the students about the safety measures of the machinery, benches, hand tools and automation systems they would frequently encounter in the establishments where they would do their internships and they were given pointers on how to reach information on safety principles. The fact that mass protective measures are important and effective and that safety in design is indispensable were emphasized for safe working environments within our industry which is striving to catch up to the industry 4.0 era. It’s important to impart the perspective of “safety” to the designers of future. We care about our “Safety Culture Seminars” which drives thought for safety in employees at every age and every level.
ÇASGEM continues to add value to the working life as an institution that has embraced the idea of lifelong learning.
We Were At Çubuk Socıal Servıces Center For The “My Peer And Mentor Project”
Mentoring classes continue to take place as part of the “My Peer and Mentor Project”, a currently ongoing project which began in 2017. With the mentoring classes we launched, we brought together both Social Services Center employees who wanted to become mentors and the youth with disabilities.
Mentorship is a powerful and widespread mechanism that allows individuals to learn a great many new things about personal, social and occupational skills, knowledge and proficiencies. Translated to Turkish as “yönderlik” but widely used as “mentorluk”, the concept of mentorship can be defined as a form of assistance, protection or guidance that one confers upon another to reach one or more goals at the end of a certain period of time.
The goal of My Peer and My Mentor project is for mentorship to be used as a tool for the disabled youth to be included within the social life and for people in the same social circles to support each other.
The class took place at the Social Services Center Conference Hall with a considerably high level of attention from and participation by social services experts and young, disabled individuals. First of all, the form of relationship known as mentor-mentee relationship is one that is based on mutual responsibilities and volunteering. With this understanding and awareness established in the participants, discussions with maintained active participation were held on subjects such as what mentorship is and how it should be, the fundamental principles of mentorship, main responsibilities, how to be an effective mentor and what both sides’ expectations from each other are for the duration of mentorship. After the class, where emphasis was placed on the need for uninterrupted coordination and communication to ensure the continuity and effectiveness of the process, mentor-mentee pairing was carried out based on volunteering and compatibility.
Project participation certificates will be handed out to the participants who successfully conclude the mentoring stage at the end of this period.
Risk Assessment Course for IZSU General Directorate WHS Professionals
Theoretical subjects were imparted, and field observations and practical applications were covered during the work health and safety risk assessment for a time span of 40 hours and held 4th through 8th of February 2019. IZSU sub-employers, Iz Enerji and Izbelkom employees were also among the course participants.
Risk assessment decision matrices and the concept of probability were dealt with extensively in the course. The 3T and Kinney methods in particular were taught to the participants along with the showing of field examples. The participants were separated into two groups, encouraged to do teamwork and present the results to the class. This was done to ensure that the understanding of the subject and the methods was firmly established.
Also, as one of the main principles governing the understanding of work health and safety and as a great contributor for field performance observations and for the employers’ and WHS professionals’ performance of their monitoring and tracking duties, Elmeri performance observation method was conveyed to the participants through applications and examples and finally, the group was calibrated to allow them to have a similar view towards the same dangers and risks.
In order to discern the performance of IZSU General Directorate in terms of work health and safety management system, work health and safety management system rating (WHS-MS rating) was applied and taught to the participants so that they could utilize it in their own work environments.
The topics of how workplace accidents and cases should be studied, what kind of practices should be adopted and what type of documents should be issued before accidents take place for the employees, employers and WHS professionals not to be caught in a difficult situation when the accidents are submitted to judicial process. Precedents from last 30 years of decisions by the Court of Cassation were evaluated to issue an analysis.
Information Systems Infrastructure and Technical Support Course
Coordinated by our ministry’s Department of Training and Publishing, the opening of the in-service training program for the Department of Information Technologies personnel took place at ÇASGEM.
Attended by 200 participants from 81 provinces, the training courses will be hosted by ÇASGEM for 10 days.
ÇASGEM Visited by University of Illinois Staff and Amalgamated Transit Union Official
Coming to our country to watch the training session in Eskişehir of the project named “Harmonization of Work and Family Life in Unions”, which is lead by Öz İplik Labor Union, financed by Consulate General of Sweden, Istanbul and supported by Labor and Social Security Education and Research Center (ÇASGEM), University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign School of Labor & Employment Relations Worker Training Program Teaching Staff Members Assoc. Prof. Dr. Stephanie Fortado and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emily Twarog, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308 Secretary-Treasurer Deborah Cosey Lane visited ÇASGEM. The visit was also attended by ÇASGEM Chairman Abdurrahim Şenocak, Vice Chairman Kenan Yavuz, ÇSG Training Experts C. Güliz Bozdemir, Kübra Öztürk Sever, Foreign Affairs General Directorate Specialist Fatih Ayan and Oz İplik Labor Union Women’s Committee President and Project Coordinator Pınar Özcan.
Extensive information was given to the visitors about ÇASGEM during the meeting. The American delegation was apprised of the purpose of ÇASGEM’s establishment, projects in execution, training and research programs.
In his meeting with the delegation, Chairman of Headquarters Abdurrahim Şenocak stated that ÇASGEM always ascribed substantial importance to its female employees and their problems, that the matter presented increased significance after merging with the Ministry of Labor, Social Services and Family. After expressing that unions are counted amongst our organization’s important social associates, Şenocak went on to explain that they cared greatly about such partnerships and that they were glad to provide assistance for projects with specialists who are trained in their respective areas. He also stated that the current project is viewed as an example and a pioneering project by many other institutions. After information was presented regarding the work being done, the delegation touched on the professional life in the US and the differences they noticed. It was stated that there weren’t profound differences between women taking leadership positions but Turkey was in a better position than the US in terms of some of the rights. They also pointed out that there was no organization similar to ours in their own country and said that the existence of ÇASGEM was an advantage for Turks’ professional life.
After a discussion involving mutual collaboration and possible projects that could be carried out with joint efforts, gifts were presented and the program was finalized by giving the guests a tour of ÇASGEM’s service building.
Think Safe 2 - Safety Matters!” Project Which Includes Visually Impaired Youth As Well Has Been Initiated
The multinational project named “Think Safe 2 - Safety Matters!”, which was approved within the context of Erasmus+ program, was launched with the opening meeting held in Portugal. The opening meeting was attended by Working Conditions Authority (ACT), University of Aveiro (UAVR), University of Minho (UMINHO) from Portugal, University of Girona from Spain, Technical University of Delft from Netherlands (TUDELFT) and Youth in Science and Business Foundation (YSBF) from Estonia as partners along with our organization.
The project will go on for 3 years with the main goal of developing modules and tools for students currently receiving education at secondary school level and for the youth with visual impairment.
Built on 3 fundamental outputs, the aim of the project is to prepare a training and education booklet for teachers regarding Work Health and Safety, to develop tools for teachers to utilize in the classroom and to prepare a Work Health and Safety booklet for students’ use. Also, all of these documents will be printed in braille for visually impaired teachers and students.
The goal is for all involved parties to make a contribution to the project by organizing workshops and holding meetings during the project studies that are to be attended by social parties. Also, the effectiveness of the prepared materials will be measured by organizing experimental training courses in our country
Turkmenistan Government Officials and Specialists Visited Our Headquarters
Turkmenistan government officials and specialists visited our headquarters on 29 January 2019 within the context of enhancing the capacity of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security of the Republic of Turkmenistan.
The committees were introduced and both sides had a meeting at our headquarters. An informative seminar was held about Professional Life, Industrial Relations and Work Health and Safety.
Turkmenistan Ministry of Labor and Social Security executives expressed that they found an opportunity here to share Turkey’s positive practices through sharing training and experiences. The seminar was concluded with the expression of thanks to the Ministry officials and the executives of Labor and Social Security Education and Research Center and statement of wishes for mutual collaboration.
Harmonization of Work and Family Life Project Training
The inability of men and women to balance their roles and duties especially at workplace and in family life, in other words, the inability to harmonize their work and family lives can cause psychological problems such as stress, lack of self-confidence, inefficiency, unhappiness and depression. Just as the assignment of duties such as house chores to women as well as taking care of children and elderly lowers women’s quality of life, it also causes mental fatigue, distress, and loss of efficiency at workplace. This hectic pace and fatigue also diminishes women’s desire to assume leadership positions within society.
However the failure to establish a balance means creation of a unhealthy society. Because of this, women’s establishing a balance of work and family life particularly holds vast significance for the continuation of a healthy society.
Our project, which set out with the goal of creating solutions for these problems, is financed by the Consulate General of Sweden, Istanbul and co-executed with Öz İplik Labor Union. Training and coaching activities continue as part of the “Harmonization of Work and Family Life in Unions Project”. The goal of operations that are being carried out is to ameliorate the working conditions for women and put forth reconciliation policies.
The training for the project was organized in 2018 and 2019 in Çorlu, Aksaray, Tokat, Düzce and Bolu provinces. Workplace representatives, women’s committee members, branch directors and approximately 500 people living with their families attended the program. Training and coaching services are provided as part of the project by our training specialists. The training and coaching sessions aim to equip the participants with the skills that will be beneficial in making their work and family lives more harmonious.
Project training courses are going to be completed at the end of February. Also a Work and Family Life Harmonization Booklet is in preparation to be handed out to the social parties when the project is concluded.