Occupational Safety and Health

Albania ratifies the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187) and the Safety and Health in Construction Convention, 1988 (No. 167)

News | 24 April 2014
Today, the Government of Albania deposited with the International Labour Office the instruments of ratification of the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187) and the Safety and Health in Construction Convention, 1988 (No. 167).

Ambassador Filloreta Kodra, Permanent Representative of Albania to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, delivered the instruments to the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mr Guy Ryder.

Ambassador Kodra stated: “By ratifying these two ILO Conventions, namely Convention Nos. 187 and 167, the Albanian Government expresses its commitment for safeguarding the security and the health in the working environment in Albania, therefore creating decent workplaces and life conditions for all Albanian citizens. The achievement of this goal is of utmost importance to our Government, and for this matter we have built a strong cooperation with the social partners and other stakeholders, and we are enhancing national tripartite consultations to create an inclusive and results-oriented process for all labour issues. In this perspective, when pursuing its agenda on decent work, the Government of Albania intends to further strengthen its cooperation with ILO institutions, which are a cornerstone for the further improvement of the social dialogue in Albania.”

In welcoming Albania’s ratification of Conventions Nos. 187 and 167, Mr Ryder, stated: “By its ratification of Convention No. 187, the Government of Albania demonstrates its commitment to achieve sustained and continuous improvement of occupational safety and health to prevent occupational injuries, diseases and deaths, in consultation with the social partners. This commitment is also reflected in Albania’s ratification of Convention No. 167, concerning occupational safety and health in construction, which is one of the most dangerous occupations, as one in six fatal accidents at work occur on a construction site.”

According to ILO estimates, each year, 2.02 million workers die from work-related diseases while 321 000 workers are killed on the job. Workers are victims of approximately 317 million non-fatal occupational accidents and suffer 160 million work-related diseases annually. In the sector of construction, at least 60,000 fatal accidents occur annually around the world, notwithstanding the fact that the causes of the accidents are well known and almost all preventable.

Complementing the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981 (No. 155) and its 2002 Protocol, already ratified by Albania, Convention No. 187 calls on ratifying member States to take active steps, in consultation with the social partners, to progressively achieve a safe and healthy working environment in a cohesive and concerted manner, through the development of a national policy, a national system and a national programme on occupational safety and health.

Convention No. 167 applies the principles of the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981 (No. 155) to the specific risks and hazards of the construction sector, which combines numerous activities, namely building, civil engineering, and erection and dismantling work, in one construction site where many employers can sometimes undertake activities simultaneously, therefore making the implementation of safety and health measures more complex.

To date, Albania has ratified 53 international labour Conventions and 2 Protocols. For more information, see: