Obligation Of Hiring Workplace Doctor Postponed

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The obligation of appointing or hiring occupational safety specialist and workplace doctor for every private establishments (including establishments with less than 50 personnel and/or in the scope of less hazard class) has been postponed to July 1, 2017.

Many of the provisions set forth in the "LAW ON OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY NO. 6331" had entered into force as of December 30, 2012 for workplaces with 50 or more personnel which engage in heavy duty and hazardous operations, however the effective dates of article 6 and 7 that include the above mentioned obligation for every private establishments with less than 50 personnel and/or in the scope of less hazard class had been postponed to July 1, 2016, because sufficient number of specialists and workplace doctor do not exist.

Now with the Bag Law which includes various provisions and accepted in Parliament, workplaces with less than 50 personnel and in the scope of less hazard class are allowed not to hire occupational safety specialist and workplace doctor until July 1, 2017.

Although the sufficient number of above said specialists are trained according to government authorities, this postponement aims to give time to small-scale establishments estimated about amounting to 1 million.

In general, companies may employ full time occupational safety specialist and workplace doctors (occupational physician) or they may choose to outsource these services. It is not obligatory to hire other health care staff in companies where there is a full time occupational physician.