Kazzinc, a major company in East Kazakhstan, has launched an innovative Video Monitoring Center staffed exclusively by individuals with hearing impairments. The project, a collaboration between Kazzinc and the Kazakhstan Society of the Deaf, aims to provide equal rights and opportunities for all, promoting inclusivity in the workforce.
The Video Monitoring Center, which opened in Ust-Kamenogorsk on April 6, has a staff of 60, nearly all of whom are people with hearing impairments. These employees monitor the security of the Ridder ore-dressing plant remotely from their office in the regional center, using cameras and monitors. If any deviations are detected, they immediately notify a responsible colleague.
Kazzinc’s general director, Alexander Khmelev, commented on the importance of implementing inclusive practices, stating that they contribute to societal development and help to create a more just and equitable world. He also noted that the centre is a valuable opportunity for people with hearing impairments to gain employment and contribute to the economy.
The Kazakhstan Society of the Deaf has also praised the initiative, calling it a “step forward” for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace. The organization’s president, Nurlan Smagulov, said that the centre is a “model” for other businesses to follow and that it will help to break down stereotypes about people with disabilities.
The Video Monitoring Center is a positive example of how businesses can create inclusive workplaces and contribute to the social and economic development of their communities. It is also a reminder that people with disabilities can be valuable and productive members of the workforce.