OSH as a fundamental principle and right at work

At its 110th Session in June 2022, the International Labour Conference decided to amend paragraph 2 of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (1998) to include “a safe and healthy working environment” as a fundamental principle and right at work, and to make consequential amendments to the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization (2008) and the Global Jobs Pact (2009). 

This historic decision was the result of a process that formally started in 2019, when the Conference recognized, through the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work that “safe and healthy working conditions are fundamental to decent work” and requested the ILO Governing Body, in the accompanying Resolution on the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work, “to consider, as soon as possible, proposals for including safe and healthy working conditions in the ILO’s framework of fundamental principles and rights at work”.

The International Labour Conference also decided to designate the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981 (No. 155) and the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187) as fundamental Conventions, in line with its decision to recognize the right to a safe and healthy working environment as one of the fundamental principles and rights at work.

Information Session on OSH as a Fundamental Principle and Right at Work 

The ILO hosted an information session on 11 July 2022 to discuss the implications of the inclusion of a safe and healthy working environment in the ILO's framework of fundamental principles and rights at work.  

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