Sustainable, lean, and proactive OHS management

Tofaş adheres to a seven-step methodology in order to realize its goal of achieving constant improvement and excellence in its OHS performance.

Step 1 & 2:

Analyze accidents. It is absolutely essential that the root causes of accidents and countermeasures to deal with them be identified. Another important issue is to adapt such countermeasures to other areas where they may also be applicable.

Step 3:

Analyze risks. Statutory compliance issues and the risks associated with them are to be assessed. Other matters to be considered are visual management, contractor management, training, and eliminating risks associated with non-routine activities and operations.

Step 4:

Conduct OHS management audits and organize safety patrols. Management-level support in this step is very important to increasing employee motivation and fostering a safety culture among personnel.

Step 5:

Let workers take responsibility for safety with the full support of senior management. Safety-related measures and practices based on individual initiative are critically important because they mobilize and involve both management and workers and their representatives in the effort to strengthen an autonomous OHS culture.

Step 6:

Introduce team-based practices. Team members’ OHS awareness levels are enhanced when they work together to achieve OHS goals.

Step 7:

Initiate health advice and health campaigns. The critical issues in this step are employee body-age calculations, healthcare and dietician support, and OHS practices at home.

Environment, health & safety structure

Within the Tofaş Environment, Health & Safety Department (EHS) there is a core unit that is responsible for OHS issues. This unit’s team meets weekly to conduct OHS reviews. Its members are also in continuous communication with every plant unit’s safety officers and take part in individual units’ monthly safety meetings. The department employs OHS specialists who are certified to deal with mechanical, electrical & electronic, chemical, and other issues that demand expert knowledge and experience.

Five full-time OHS officers are on duty in Tofaş’s main production units. These officers coordinate both with individual units’ and EHS’s OHS structures.

Within the OHS organizational structure there is a Health Center that employs seven physicians, nine health officers, and one dietician. Although this center reports directly to the Human Resources Department, its operations are functionally coordinated with those of the EHS department.

Tofaş seeks to achieve zero-levels of work-related accidents and illnesses by means of its Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) System. Since the introduction of the World Class Work Safety program in 2006, the company’s Lost Time Accident (LTA) rate has been reduced by 90%.