The Communiqué on Major Accident Prevention Policy
Documents ("Communiqué") entered into effect on 4
August 2015 when it was published in Official Gazette number 29435.
It introduces formal and contextual requirements for major accident
prevention policy ("MAPP") documents which apply to
establishments categorized in the lower tier for hazardous
substance levels. The tier system is outlined in the Regulation on
Prevention and Effect Control of Major Industrial Accidents
published in Official Gazette number 28867 on 30 December 2013
("Regulation"), which categorizes establishments into
either the low or high tier.
Article 5 of the Communiqué requires operators of
lower-tier establishments to:
Issue a MAPP document containing the required content and
format (or arrange for one to be issued).
Add initials on each page of the MAPP document and their
original or electronic signature on the last page (or have a proxy
The Communiqué outlines mandatory content and components
of MAPP documents for lower-tier establishments:
Information about the establishment: Identifying information,
such as the establishment's commercial title, address, tax
Purpose of the MAPP: The establishment must undertake
A security management system ("SMS") exists to
prevent major industrial accidents, as well as minimize damage to
humans and the environment.
The SMS provides high, effective and continuous protection,
with ensured continuity.
Policy principles: The establishment should:
Express regulatory compliance and explain the relationship
between the MAPP and SMS.
State other management systems and/or international standards
which are applied in the establishment, if any.
Undertake that it has obtained and evaluated data regarding
technological improvements, previous experiences within the
establishment, as well as incidents with major accident potential
that took place in other establishments.
SMS information: The establishment should provide detailed
information about security management with regard to:
The organization and personnel.
Determining and evaluating major accident risks.
Supervision and examination.
The Communiqué was issued by the Ministry of Labor and
Social Security and the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning.
Please see this link for the full text of the
Communiqué (only available in Turkish).
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