Odessa: Delegates of international conference believe in VISION ZERO

Most of us will bring Ukraine in contact with a tense relationship to their neighbor Russia;  nevertheless the process of improving the standards in occupational safety and health continues. At the IV International Conference “Industrial Safety. Best Practice - 2016” from 3rd to 5th October 2016 in Odessa, ISSA Mining could spread the word on VISION ZERO and the 7 Golden Rules.

As in previous years, the event was hosted by Andrian Galach, Chief Editor of the Industrial Safety Magazine. During three conference days he constituted a magnificent mixture of modern OSH subjects, addressed to the whole Ukrainian industry. Political input and social aspects were represented as well as technical information and Best Practice.

Among the more than 150 participants were delegates from the Ministry of Labor from Ukraine and Lithuania, the Ministry of Energy and Mining of Ukraine and also labor inspectors from Poland and Germany. A huge input of Metinvest Holding, the largest producer of iron ore raw materials and coking coal in the Ukraine, gave the event a strong mining character. Also aboard was the supplying industry, i.e. ISSA Mining member DEZEGA. The provider of rescue and escape respiratory technology underlined that severe accidents still occur even if the company provides safety equipment to the workers. Regular practices are necessary!

The site visit to one of the largest stevedoring companies in Ukraine added practical insight into OSH on the job.

The practical nature of the conference was substantiated with an excursion to an industrial port in the north of Odessa, were everybody could realize the importance of the raw material sector in the Ukraine and a growing level of OSH in this area. Another example of the practical relevance was the ceremony of the Second Ukrainian Film Festival “Safe work – 2016” that honored short films produced by the industry on several themes of OSH. Award winners were i.e. Caterpillar, SHELL and PepsiCo.

Caterpillar, SHELL and PepsiCo were among the award winners of the Second Ukrainian Film Festival “Safe work – 2016”

“The report of ISSA Mining’s 7 Golden Rules has caused great interest among the participants and became one of the major components that have shaped the success of the event”, Mr. Galach commented on the presentation given by ISSA Mining consultant Kai Rabald. When the host asked the delegates after the presentation if they believe that VISION ZERO is a realistic aim, the vast majority opted for “yes”. Direct feedback was also given by representatives of the raw material industry, the chemical industry, the construction sector, and PPE suppliers.

Kai Rabald introduced ISSA Mining’s approach to more than 150 experts in Odessa.

Intensifying cooperation

After a meeting with ISSA Mining Secretary General Helmut Ehnes five years ago Mr. Andrian Galach stated he became excited about the idea of VIZION ZERO and wanted to be a part of it. ISSA Mining was very pleased to welcome Mr. Andrian Galach as a new member on the occasion of the Odessa conference.

To him the exchange of knowledge and experience with international partners is necessary for the process in the Ukraine; especially to show examples of Best Practices is an important factor. Even under the recent political circumstances it is important to improve in the area of Occupational Safety and Health, Mr. Galach said: “The life of a worker counts as much as the life of a soldier.”


Photos courtesy of Andrian Galach, Industrial Safety Magazine, Ukraine

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