Increasing the Quality of Special Education Services for Inclusive Education (IQSES)
18 July 2019
Promoting Youth Employment in TRC3 Region (PYETRC3)
18 July 2019

Improving Occupational Health and Safety Especially in Mining Sector (OHSMS)

Action /Activity:

Action I: Employment
Activity I.I: Promoting Decent Work

Title of the Operation:

Improving Occupational Health and Safety Especially in Mining Sector (OHSMS)

Operation Number:


Implementation Period:

Service Component: 21.11.2019- 20.07.2023
Direct Grant Component: 01.02.2020-18.01.2024
Grant Component: 01.02.2021- 31.07.2022

Operation Beneficiary:

Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MoLSS)
Directorate General of Occupational Health and Safety (DG OHS)

Website / Social Media Accounts:

Interventions and Estimated Results:

The OHSMS Operation has 44 months of service (technical assistance), 18 months of grant and 44 months of direct grant components.

Overall Objective is to create decent jobs for Turkish labour force by means of improving health and safety and work peace.

Operation Purpose is to promote better working conditions based on proactive approach, increase public awareness, and improve knowledge of all stakeholders on OHS especially in mining sector.

Target Groups: Within the scope of the Operation, it is aimed that trainings and services will be provided to 23.000 people working in sensitive sectors and 625 employers; 3.885 people and 114 stakeholder organizations such as NGOs, local actors and SMEs will be provided with trainings; 1.100 people will be accessed via events and awareness raising activities; 3 activities such as conference, workshop, seminar, etc. will be organized; interactive trainings for 10.000 mining workers, 1.800 university students and 135 branch trainers working in 135 Vocational and Technical High Schools-Mining Technologies will be held. Also, a five-days training of trainers will be provided to 100 OHS General Directorate personnel in Ankara on project management, new legislation and EU Acquis on OHS, etc.

Implementation period: Service component 41 months, Direct Grant component 40 months, Grant projects 15-18 months.

Intervention areas: Services and Trainings for Target Groups, Institutional Capacity Building, Awareness Raising, Scientific and Technical Studies, Coordination and Cooperation.

Pilot provinces: Adana, Ankara, Aydın, Balıkesir, Bartın, Bolu, Bursa, Çanakkale, Çorum, Denizli, Edirne, Eskişehir, İzmir, Kahramanmaraş, Karaman, Kütahya, Manisa, Muğla, Tekirdağ, Yozgat, Zonguldak.

Current Situation:
(End of July 2023)

Activities implemented under the Service Component:

• The service contract was signed on 27.09.2019. Implementation process started with the kick-off meeting held on 21.11.2019. Monthly Management and Steering Committee meetings continue to be organized.

• Intervention 1.1 “Designing and Preparation of Interactive Seminars” has been finalized in October 2021. 58 interactive seminars have been organised in 28 different cities and 10.235 employees were accessed.

• Intervention 1.2 “Field activities of the "Health Surveillance" activity started in April 2022, and as of January 2023, a total of 10.714 mining workers have been reached in 48 mining workplaces in 24 provinces.

• Under Intervention 1.3, delivering one-day trainings to employers of mine workplaces and NGOs engaged with employers have been finalized in September 2021, reaching a total of 1.186 participants by 25 trainings.

• Within the scope of Intervention 2.1, the “One-Day Training Based on Risk Assessment Methodologies” activity was completed in November 2022 by providing training to a total of 1.800 students in Mining Engineering, related Earth Sciences and Mining Technologies Departments as well as Vocational Schools.

• Intervention 2.2; "Two-Days Training for Vocational and Technical High School Trainers", 135 people were trained in İzmir, Afyonkarahisar and Antalya, and it was completed in May 2022.

• Within the scope of Intervention 2.3; "Trainings for Engineers and Occupational Safety Experts", all the 30 training programmes have been completed between 9 May-2 June 2023.

• Under Intervention 2.4; the initial training which covers 70 Occupational Health and Safety General Directorate employees was held for 3 days in February 2020 in Antalya.

• Within the scope of Intervention 2.5; The "Training of Trainers" activity was organised in Afyonkarahisar in April 2022 with the participation of 100 people.

• Under Intervention 3.1, the Opening Meeting, which lasted for one day and included also the direct grant’s promotion, was held in August 2020 in video-conference format with the participation of 678 people.

• Under Intervention 3.2; organizations of Information Meetings in Ankara and İzmir were completed in September 2020 by using online platforms. A total of 647 people attended the online meetings, 282 of which attended the training based in İzmir and 365 of which attended the training in Ankara.

• Under Intervention 3.3; “Design and Dissemination of Awareness Raising and Promotional Materials”, within the scope of the Radio Spot production work, a total of three spots were prepared and submitted to the Operational Beneficiary for approval. Radio Spots were approved by the Contracting Authority.

• Within the scope of Intervention 3.4; in line with the comments from TRT, the production of the first and second episodes of the cartoons have been completed. TRT's comments on these revised versions are awaited. The work to improve the quality of the production process of the cartoons has been continuing. TRT shared its comments on voices and voice actors. The revisions in line with the comments have been continuing. The revised version of the public service announcement video has been completed.

• Under Intervention 3.5; The booklet of the “See the Future with Confidence through the OHS Lens” Photo Contest Photo Catalogue has been prepared.

• Under Intervention 3.6 Development of Digital Application; the social media plan for June 2023 was prepared and the shares were made accordingly.

• Under Intervention 3.7; the web module for the project website and the Direct Grant Application programme have been completed and are in use.

• Under Intervention 3.8; “Preparation of Technical Guides”, two guidelines about “Spontaneous combustion and fire management” and “Ventilation design and application methods in underground mining” were printed and disseminated during the execution of Intervention 2.3. Preparation of the “print” version of the guideline on Incident/Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis has commenced. “Methane Drainage in Coal Mines” guidelines were prepared in English and Turkish. Under “Behaviour-Oriented Safety”, the revision of the technical guidelines is being undertaken.

• Under Intervention 3.9 “Preparation of Achievement Book of the Operation”, MİSGEP Success Booklet continues to be prepared.

• Under Intervention 4.1 “Preparation of a Field Report”, the preparation phase is continuing.

• Under Intervention 4.2; “Evaluation of current OHS curricula in mining engineering departments”, the work has been extended to include the other two additional universes, i.e., occupational safety experts with Mining Engineering degrees and employers into the study, subsequent to the approval of the Draft Report detailing the analysis of the surveys and in-depth interviews associated with the academics in mining engineering departments in Türkiye.

• Under Intervention 5.1 “Organizing Workshops”, the first workshop evaluating the outcomes of the intervention 1.2 (Providing Health Surveillance) was organized on 27 April 2023 in Ankara. The other two workshops focusing on the outcomes associated with intervention 4.1 (Preparation of a Field Report) and intervention 4.2 (Evaluation of current OHS curricula in Mining Engineering departments) will also be held after completion of the final reports.

Activities implemented under the Direct Grant Component;

• Implementation process started on 01.02.2020.

• Implementation of the direct grant was suspended for 3,5 months on 07.05.2020 within the context of Covid-19 outbreak. As of 25.08.2020, the suspension period was terminated, and the project started to resume.

• The recruitment process of the personnel was completed as of March 1, 2021. The orientation training of the project team and personnel has been completed. In addition, the project team received training in Mining License Law, contracts to be signed with beneficiaries and advanced driving.

• An announcement was made between August and October for the selection of workplaces that will receive direct financial support within the scope of the project. Among the 129 workplaces that applied, currently, 80 workplaces (which were determined according to the criteria) benefit from the support.

• For the financial support part of the action, beneficiaries of the Financial Support and Guidance Programme (FSGP) were provided with € 220.323,47 financial support during April-June 2023.

• Within the scope of 6 planned site visits; 80 mining workplaces have been reached. A total of 420 site visits were completed and approximately 7.800 employees working in mining workplaces were reached during these site visits.

• Processes regarding the purchase of jackets and belts, and the multi-gas measurement and recovery device have continued.

• Incoming requests via portal ( about evacuation training payments have been reviewed. During this period, a total of 22 firms’ documents have been reviewed regarding these trainings. Total personnel number who received renewal or first evacuation training is 247.

• TSE workshops of 9 companies have already been held Workshop payments were made to 10 companies from TSE payments.

• From the technical bulletin studies, reports of “Communication in Underground Mining Activities” for January 2023, “Search and Rescue in Underground Mining Activities” for February 2023 and “Mobile Components and Safety Equipment in Work Equipment Working in Underground Mining Activities” for March 2023 were published in (https://misgep. org/fdrp-bulten/).

Activities implemented under the Grant Component.

• 36 grant projects with durations of 15-18 months that started to be implemented as of 01.02.2021 are about to be completed. The aim of these projects is to improve occupational health, safety and working conditions in very dangerous workplaces, and to raise awareness of employees on OHS.

• By the end of July 2023, activities under 28 projects have been completed. Under 8 projects, activities are continuing within extension periods varying between 3-6 months.