The Ministry of Labour and Social Security was established in 1946. With its departments and subsidiaries, it aims at ensuring the realization of the social affluence and justice, as well as improving the living standards of workers and quality of workforce.

For this purpose, The Ministry takes preventive measures for the arrangement of working life and ensures facilitation of the relationship between the employer and employee for the protection of the working peace through Professional training, inspection and law enforcement. One of the most important tasks of the Ministry is to facilitate a safe and healthy work environment for the workers as well as occupational rehabilitation of the disabled people.

Goal of Conference

Intercontinental synergy for Occupational Health and Safety at the melting pot of civilizations.
  • Right to work at a healthy and safe environment is one of the fundamental human rights. The primary objectives of OSH are to take precautions by predetermining any factors in the working environment that may harm the employees; to provide a comfortable, healthy and safe labour life without any occupational accidents or diseases; to sustain the mental and physiological health of the employees.
  • According to ILO numbers there are 3 billion employees in the world 1.2 billion of which are female. Every day 6 thousand workers i.e. every minute 4 worker die due to occupational accidents or diseases. On annual basis 360 thousand people die due to occupational accidents and 1 million 950 thousand people die due to occupational diseases.

From past to present...

International Occupational Health and Safety Conference, organized by Ministry of Labour and Social Security, was first held in 2001 in Ankara.

With the 8th conference to be held in İstanbul in 2016, academicians leading their fields, specialists, parties related to labour life and students, forming a synergy altogether, will find an opportunity to share knowledge, experience and good implementation models under the title of “Health and Safety Promotion at Workplaces”.

The last 7 conferences hosted by Ministry of Labour and Social Security are listed below:

Opening Speech of Minister of Labor and Social Security

Working in a safe and healthy environment is among the most fundamental human rights of the working people in the world. Within this framework, the World Congress aims at contributing to ensure the sharing of knowledge and good practices in the field of occupational safety and health among developing countries, countries with economies in transition and developed countries.

Once more it will be emphasized through the World Congress that occupational safety and health is also of utmost importance for both employees and society due to the process of economic change faced by the world in recent years.



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