KIOSH 2022 RESULTS: GLOBAL SOLUTIONS FOR OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

The 10th Kazakhstan International Occupational Health and Safety Exhibition and Conference - KIOSH 2022 was successfully held in the capital of Kazakhstan from May 25 to 27 on the platform of EXPO Exhibition Center. The exhibition was attended by 378 delegates and 35 companies.

At the 2022 exhibition, companies from Kazakhstan and Russia presented the latest innovations in occupational health and safety, while presenting brands from Italy, Germany, China, Tatarstan, Turkey, France, and Japan. The exposition presented manufacturers and suppliers of PPE, textiles, equipment, products for rehabilitation and prevention, large industrial enterprises, training companies and centers for the exchange of experience and knowledge, discussion of current issues and demonstrations of the latest achievements in OHS. Despite a two-year hiatus, interest in the KIOSH exhibition has grown, considering the objectives of the New Kazakhstan to reduce risks and prevent hazards in occupational health and safety. Thus, a number of companies took part in the anniversary exhibition for the first time. Among them are Akbarys Protection, ISH LLP, TASCOM SUPPLY & SERVICES, ETALON ZNAK, INFORM CENTER, POZHKHIMZACHITA SPC and others. In just three days, the exhibition was visited by 1,288 specialized visitors.

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The importance of their presence at the expo-event site is also expressed by our annual participants. Denis Shabayev, the Commercial Director of Global GC noted: "If we compare previous years, and we have been participating for several years, this anniversary exhibition is a huge indicator for us. As this year there were a lot of target visitors, a lot of useful contacts were made. And the site itself is so equipped, so convenient and infrastructural that it allowed many visitors to come and get the most, useful information. As industrialists, we notice how useful this exhibition is, because occupational health and safety is an important factor for companies. Only at the KIOSH site people who are directly involved in occupational health and safety have the opportunity to present their products, and people who are interested in this product can come here and get acquainted with the manufacturers."

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The content of the business program of the exhibition included about 10 practical seminars and trainings from the participating companies - Kvazar LLC, Company AZiya 2012, SKOUT Corporate Solutions, Baitau Partners LLP, the main topics were the application of labor legislation to the changes in the modern world, and the introduction of digital technologies in OHS industry. The audience was very interested in the facilitation with a quiz on safety culture and prize draws, organized by the Samruk-Kazyna Corporate University. On the first day of the exhibition Active Safety LLP held a training session for visitors on "System approach to road safety".

Traditionally, as part of the exhibition there was a familiarization tour of the exhibition, which was attended by honored guests of the event. After getting acquainted with the exhibitors and presented innovations in OHS of local and foreign companies, the honored guests moved on to the KIOSH conference and opened the Strategic Session "Health and Safety in the Age of Transformation: Global Solutions for Social Well-Being". The participants of this session were Ye. Tugzhanov – Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, T. Duissenova - Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Hans-Horst Konkolevsky – Global Ambassador of Vision Zero, S. Shakhazhanov – Chairman of the Manegement Board of the Eurasian Group, S. Dauletalin – Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan, I. Shklovets - Vice President of the International Association of Labor Inspections, N. Shabayeva – President of the Global Group of Companies. Also, Antonio Santos - EU-ILO Project Manager, and Marcelo Abi-Ramia Caetano - General Secretary of ISSA, Switzerland, addressed the delegates via online communication.

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Yeraly Tugzhanov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, emphasized in his welcoming speech that the role of labor protection, social protection measures and the importance of social policy is constantly growing. "The Government, on behalf of the Head of State, last year approved an Action Plan to ensure labor safety until 2025. This year, the Republican Tripartite Commission on Social Partnership and Regulation of Social and Labor Relations approved the Concept of safe labor in the Republic of Kazakhstan until 2030. Thus the priority of safe labor, improvement of labor conditions and preservation of labor resources was proclaimed at the state level and the main directions of activity were defined at all levels of management", - said the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

During the Conference a Memorandum was signed between the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Samruk-Kazyna JSC and the International Social Security Association represented by Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, "Vision Zero" Business Consul (Global Ambassador). The main goal of signing the memorandum is to promote the principles of the Vision Zero concept of zero injuries in the practice of domestic companies.

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The program of the Anniversary Conference was held in a renewed format with an emphasis on dialogue and discussion networking, which contributed to an effective discussion of topical issues of the industry development. During panel sessions and roundtables, OHS experts talked about OHS trends for 2023, implementation of digital transformation and digital OHS solutions in production facilities, smart PPE, current trends in remote medicine and OHS science. As part of the case study stage the best industry practices in the application of digital transformation were presented, and an industrial tour of NC KTZ JSC and ISH LLP concluded the conference.

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Each year KIOSH is held with the state support of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The official support of KIOSH is provided by: the Industrial Safety Committee of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the RSE on the REM Republican Research Institute for Labor Protection of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Federation of Trade Unions of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the "Atameken" National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, "Republican Association of Mining and Metallurgical Enterprises" (AMME) ALE, "KAZENERGY" "Kazakhstan Association of Oil, Gas and Energy Sector Organizations" ALE, "PPE" Association (RF), Institute of Industrial Safety and Labor Protection IOSH (Great Britain), Union of Builders of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Central Asia, Self-Regulatory Organization Union of Legal Entities and Individual Entrepreneurs "Qaz Textile Industry" National Association of Light Industry Enterprises, OSHA, Pakistan Safety Council.

The gold partners were: Eurasian Group (ERG), PO Global-Spetsodezhda LLP, Kazzinc LLP, and ArcelorMittal Temirtau JSC.

The silver partner was KAZ Minerals Management.

Bronze Partner of KIOSH 2022 Conference and Exhibition were Samruk-Kazyna Corporate University and KazMunayGas NC JSC.

The organizer of the event was Iteca Kazakhstan Exhibition Company.

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