After initial meetings with TTK’s management as well as representatives of Turkish ministries, authorities and the miner’s union, ISSA Mining’s experts examined the technical situation together with specialists for mine safety of the German industry. A joint working group of mining safety experts has visited Turkish coal mines in 2010 and 2011 and drafted a first analysis of the current state of work safety and health protection. In an initial analysis, prioritized fields of action to improve occupational safety and health have been derived. As a result, checklists and auditlists have been designed and used to document the results of visits to TTK’s mines in Kozlu, Üzülmez, Karadon, Amasra, Armutcuk, and Üzülmet as well as to the Center for Mine Rescue. Interviews with the local mine supervisors completed the picture.
In a meeting with TTK’s management board, the international team introduced its findings along with hands-on recommendations for optimizing safety, health production and productivity.
The analysis covered the aspects
TTK initiated the implementation on the operational level.
Next to TTK’s management, the audit report has also been presented to Faruk Çelik, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Turkey on 11 September 2011 on the occasion of the XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Istanbul, and to Taner Yildiz, Energy and Natural Resources Minister of Turkey who fully support the joint project. On Mr Yildiz initiative TTK also joined ISSA Mining.
Currently a Memorandum of Understanding is designed and project drafts have been layouted to improve the applied technology and the level of organization in aspects of machine safety, ventilation/explosion protection, explosives as well as training and qualification.
Gradually, these audits will be undertaken by local auditors. Long term round table discussions by all stakeholders will ensure a sustainable exchange of information and experiences, and support continuous improvement.
The tools and methods developed in this frame as well as the experiences and “lessons learned” will be transferred into follow-up projects for the mining industry worldwide.
ISSA Mining offers knowledge exchange, consultation and expertise in systematic optimization of mine safety world wide including audits by international teams. Countries and regions interested in improving the level of mine safety can contact ISSA Mining for joint projects.