As part of ÇASGEM's Training and Research Capacity Strengthening Project, we held Turkey's Security Culture Seminar on 13.12.2021 at Sheraton Ankara Hotel & Convention Center. 200 people participated in the seminar face-to-face and 200 people participated online, in order to share the activities carried out in the project's component of safety culture development, and to increase the awareness of the project beneficiaries and the public about the safety culture.
EU Delegation to Turkey, ILO, Ministry of Family and Social Services, Ministry of Environment, Urbanization and Climate Change, Ministry of National Education, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industry and Technology, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, Universities, Municipalities, İŞKUR, SGK, MoLSS related units, institutions and organizations such as TKI, TTK; Many unions such as Türk-İş, TİSK, Türk Metal Union, ÇEİS, HAK-İŞ, İNTES, ETOK, MESKA and organizations operating in the field of occupational health and safety participated to seminar.
The seminar started with the opening speeches of Acting Head of ÇASGEM Kenan Yavuz stating the purpose of conducting seminar. Then, Mr. Süreyya Erkan, Head of EU and Financial Aids Department, which is the contracting authority of the project, stated that he had been closely following project activities and had attached importance to this seminar in terms of disseminating the achievements. Afterwards, the
Undersecretary of the EU Delegation to Turkey, Head of the Economic and Social Development Department, Angel Guiterez Hidalgo, gave their speeches on the harmonization of the project components with the sustainable development goals and their contribution to the EU acquis process.
Finally, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security Prof. Dr. Lutfihak Alpkan addressed the participants. In his speech, he emphasized the importance of ÇASGEM's innovative education and research approaches and stated that these approaches contribute to the culture that will help to reduce accidents and injuries in the working environment, and that its results will be effective in the long term. He stated that the training and research work on occupational rehabilitation carried out by ÇASGEM serves sustainable employment and that the virtual reality technology we include in our trainings is important for the development of safe activities. In addition to that, he underlined that ÇASGEM lead the way with its "Safety Coaching" program. Referring to the comprehensive structure of the Safety Culture Program, which is one of the themes of the project, appealing to all ages, Mr. Alpkan emphasized that this perspective will also positively affect the implementation of our country's legislation on occupational health and safety.
In the session, after the coffee break given after the opening speeches, the safety culture component coordinator of the project management unit, Labor and Social Security Education Expert Esra Karaman, gave her speeches to convey the work done in the project, which is called "Turkey's Security Culture Program". She stated that the safety culture training modules of the project were carried out under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Frank W. Guldemund, who has an important position in academic literature in this field and that the contents were enriched and diversified by experts in the field. She stated that a total of
6 training modules were created for the target groups 0-6, 6-15, 15-18 (Occupational High School and High School), 18 + (University students and OHS Professionals), and specific publications were created for each age group. Later, she stated that the approach adopted in the studies was "people-oriented safety culture".
In the seminar whose motto was “Are you ready to see what is not seen in Turkey's Security Culture?” writer, researcher, neuroscientist Prof. Mr. Sinan Canan contributed to the seminar with his speeches, in order to understand the basis of human behavior and to deal with human-culture interaction. In his speech, Mr. Canan stated that human beings are an intelligent creature trying to live in the world with their physically unprotected nature, that the factors which create trust and danger in people are not always perceived consciously, that accidents and injuries can be reduced if the working environment is compatible with the physical, spiritual and mental structure of the human. He stated that interaction is important in increasing the culture since as it is experiencing change, transformation and development it is a social creature as well. He attaches importance to approaches that contribute to a more humane, more civilized and higher level of prosperity, and that cultural change is the most valuable thing that a person can inherit; He expressed that he is pleased to have contributed to the change in the security culture.
In the other session, sociologist Hatice Kübra Tongar, who has books on mother and child development on “Secure Bonding”, gave her speeches to present a perspective that fundamentally addresses the issue of safety culture. In her speech, she stated that basis of establishment of business, friendship and marriage relations in adulthood is related to reliability of the bond with the mother or caregiver in the first years of life.
In the seminar, writer and illustrator Ms. Gülşen Arslan Akça, who prepared the contents of the Security culture training module for the 0-6 and 6-15 age group, made their presentation titled “Speaking Like a Child”. Ms. Akça introduced the "Detective Piti-The eye noticing dangers" and his team, which he used in the training module and related books, to the participants. Expressing that children's games are an important tool for expressing trust, the illustrator mentioned sections from imagination and real life stories.
In the other session of the seminar Industrial Psychologist Mr. Ahmet Kes, addressed people who are mostly prepared for working life and who are involved in employment. Psychologist Mr. Ahmet Kes who gave a speech under the title of "A Method to Support a Culture of Safety in Work Psychology: 3-A" talked about the coding and revealing techniques of receptive communication, body language and expressions.
ÇASGEM, through Turkey's Safety Culture Seminar, as it is done in many of its activities, has increased the recognition of its work as well as improving its cooperation with the state, workers, employers and other social stakeholders.
As a result; The topic of "Development of Safety Culture", discussed at the seminar and outputs of which were shared is valuable, since it approaches to protection of the workforce with a proactive perspective. We regard the contribution of all social parties who are interested in the seminar and participate in the seminar face-to-face and online, and we hope that the study will be beneficial.