Within the context of ongoing technical assistance project in Turkey on “Continued Improvement of Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) in Turkey through Compliance with International Labour Standards”, a workshop was organized on 24 May 2017 bringing together the tripartite constituents being representatives of Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MoLSS), Ministry of Health (MoH), employers’ and workers’ organizations to pursue the work on indicators which was initiated in 2016 for the preparation of National OSH Profile.
In the context of the project, a research was initiated on the development and use of indicators and benchmarks on progress on OSH in line with international standards and commitments made. In its Article 5.2 (d) of the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187) calls for the use of “objectives, targets and indicators of progress,” and the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Recommendation, 2006 (No. 197) which supplements Convention No. 187, recommends that members prepare and regularly update a national profile summarizing the existing situation on OSH and the progress made towards achieving a safe and healthy working environment. In line with this recommendation, and with the assistance of the ILO Project, a National OSH Profile for Turkey was recently finalized. In line with the recommended model for a National Profile, one chapter was devoted to measuring progress.
The workshop was organised to raise awareness on defining OSH indicators and measuring progress at national level. It was also reminded to the participants that defining measurable indicators also serve to the purpose of the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal No. 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth in particular Target 8: Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers. Ms. Catherine Brakenhielm, the Consultant of the ILO participated in the workshop and presented the background of the study. Prof. Dr. Nazmi Bilir who was conducting the research carried out a presentation about the subject and requested inputs from the stakeholders for prioritising the indicators.
As a result of receiving inputs from the stakeholders, a report will be prepared by Prof. Bilir on OSH indicators including benefits to collect information, type, importance, recommendations for each indicator. The final report will be submitted to the Government for their use.