A visit to the Pavlodar region by Gulnara Zhumageldieva, Vice-Chair of FTURK and Sergejus Glovackas, Head of Europe and Central Asia Division at the ILO Bureau of Workers’ Affairs, continued with a meeting of trade union officials and technical labour inspectors at Ekibastuz GRES-1 named after Bulat Nurzhanov.

The Head of PTU Seryanov S.B. told about the work of Ekibastuz SDPP-1 LLP named after Bulat Nurzhanov with the demonstration of a video clip and a model of the plant.

T.A. Chigvintseva, Chairman of the branch primary trade union organisation of Ekibastuz SDPP-1 named after Bulat Nurzhanov LLP, shared with the meeting participants information on public control over safety and labour protection.

“At HEPP LLP Bulat Nurzhanov Ekibastuz hydroelectric power plant-1″ in 17 structural subdivisions technical occupational safety inspectors were selected and work, whose candidates were proposed by the trade union committee and approved by the decision of the production council for safety and occupational safety. Technical safety inspectors constantly improve their skills, participate in seminars and training sessions organised by the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Sectoral Trade Union of Power Engineers.  Technical inspectors for occupational health and safety conduct regular scheduled inspections and workplace walkovers in all structural subdivisions of the company. The inspections focus on creating a safe environment for employees, eliminating or minimising all risks in the workplace”.

The participants were familiarised with the work at the unit control room of Unit 2 of the plant and the Central Control Room, and met with the employees directly at their workplaces.

Every year, at the end of the calendar year, the trade union committee chairman assesses the performance of the occupational safety technical inspector using a developed assessment methodology and completes a special table. A report on the activities of the technical safety inspectors is submitted to the works council and is also communicated to the workforce at shopfloor meetings.

The technical safety inspectors are actively involved in explanatory and promotional work aimed at improving the production culture.

“Since its foundation, the International Labour Organization has adopted over 40 international labour standards dealing with occupational safety and health issues, which contain fundamental norms for ensuring a safe and healthy working environment,” said Sergejus Glovackas.

“Due to high level of social partnership, implementation of 4 modules of Safe Production information system based on ASPANS platform, the best collective agreement for 2022-2027 and personal responsibility of each employee, conditions for safe labour conditions at the plant are being created”, said D. Aitzhanova, Chairman of the territorial union association of Pavlodar region.