Invitation to Congress
While rapid technological advances have served the welfare of people on the one hand, on the other hand they have brought dangers for human life and the environment. In particular, occupational diseases and occupational accidents are becoming more important with the emergence of industrialization and intensive production processes and the use of hundreds of chemical substances in these processes. Health workers can be exposed to hazardous chemical and physical agents, stress and trauma in terms of both their working environment and service providers. In other words, they can face risk (s) at almost every stage of their lives. Any of these occupational effects may cause illness immediately or after a period that can last for many years.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) defined Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) as "To maximize the physical, mental and social well-being of employees in all professions, to keep them at this level, to prevent the deterioration of their health due to the working conditions of the employees, to protect them from the hazards arising from health-related factors during their work, to place them in the most suitable professional environments for their physiological and psychological conditions and to maintain these conditions, in summary, to ensure the harmony both from work to human and from every human to work”. The concept of Occupational Health and Safety, unlike the concept of Occupational Health and Safety, includes studies for "Preventing the hazards, as well as to anticipate the risks, to eliminate and eliminate these risks completely, or to minimize the damage". In the universal sense, occupational health and safety; determine whether the dangers and risks that may occur in the enterprise are not acceptable even if there is no fault in the company and to decide whether they are acceptable or not.
For this reason, the main theme of the 1st International Health Institutions Occupational Health and Safety Congress, which will be held this year, will be "Health Workers Health and Safety". In our country, recent changes in occupational health and safety and health services, changes in legislation and sanctions have resulted in significant changes in the field of employee safety practices. Although the health institutions, which are accepted from the most severe and dangerous business lines, are regularly monitored by the Ministry of Health as well as the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services inspectors as of 2013, there is a long way to go. Occupational health and safety practices are based on the principle of taking preventive measures and require scientific and systematic work by identifying the risks that may be caused by all the personnel working in the health institution, the work environment and the work they do, which may harm their health and safety.
Evaluation of risks
Identification of hazards
Determination of the measures which will be taken
Implementation of measures
These steps, which will be measured and monitored, will be discussed in detail during the congress.
Through the presentations, workshops, verbal and poster presentations which will be held during the Congress, participants, users, service providers and organizations will be able to recognize the new systems and ideas that go beyond the traditional approaches to increase the quality of health services provided by the cooperation of the organizations that finance the services. The Congress will try to establish a platform where health and safety methods and innovations will be discussed in health institutions.
As the presidents of the Congress, with great enthusiasm and interest, we hope to meet each of you and work with you during this congress. We would be honored to see you among us.
Prof. Dr. Seval AKGÜN
Prof. Dr. Rashid Bin Khalfan AL ABRI,
MD, FRCS, MBA