The Turkish government, workers’ and employers’ representatives and other relevant stakeholders have agreed on the main elements of a roadmap on improving work health and safety in mines at a two-day meeting hosted by the Labor Ministry in Ankara, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO).

The ministry, the ILO, social partners and other stakeholders discussed how risk assessments, compliance with national legislation and labor inspections can be tightened to increase safety in mines at the “National Tripartite Meeting on Improving Occupational Safety and Health in Mining”.

On May 13, 301 coal miners were killed in a disaster in the western town of Soma, the worst industrial disaster in Turkey’s history, which brought working conditions at mines across the country into the spotlight.