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Safety and health at work

Every 15 seconds, a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease.
Every 15 seconds, 160 workers have a work-related accident.

Workplaces claim more than 2.3 million deaths per year, out of which 350,000 are fatal accidents and close to 2 million are work-related diseases. In addition, 313 million accidents occur on the job annually; many of these resulting in extended absences from work. The human cost of this daily adversity is vast and the economic burden of poor occupational safety and health practices is estimated at 4 per cent of global Gross Domestic Product each year.

The safety and health conditions at work are very different between countries, economic sectors and social groups. Deaths and injuries take a particularly heavy toll in developing countries, where a large part of the population is engaged in hazardous activities, such as agriculture, fishing and mining. Throughout the world, the poorest and least protected - often women, children and migrants - are among the most affected.

The Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch of the ILO (LABADMIN|OSH) aims to create worldwide awareness of the dimensions and consequences of work-related accidents, injuries and diseases. One of the goals of LABADMIN|OSH is to place the health and safety of all workers on the international agenda and to stimulate and support practical action at all levels. Decent work is safe work. Decent work is safe work.



Checkpoints: Creating better workplaces

  1. The Checkpoints app series is a new digital tool for improving occupational safety and health in the workplace. Users can explore illustrated descriptions of each checkpoint and create interactive checklists tailored to their workplace. Each app also includes best practice recommendations for taking action and implementing effective improvements.

  2. Stress Prevention

    50 easy-to-implement checkpoints for identifying sources of stress in the workplace and mitigating their harmful effects.

  3. Ergonomics

    132 realistic and flexible solutions to ergonomic problems, applicable across a whole range of workplace situations.

  4. Ergonomics in Agriculture

    100 practical actions to improve safety and health and increase productivity, tailored for rural and agricultural settings.

Standards

The ILO has adopted more than forty conventions and recommendations specifically dealing with occupational safety and health, as well as over forty codes of practice.

Conventions and recommendations

  1. Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981 (No. 155)
  2. Occupational Health Services Convention, 1985 (No. 161)
  3. Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187)
  4. Occupational Safety and Health Recommendation, 2006 (No. 197)
  5. Further relevant instruments
Guidelines

  1. Codes of practice

Key resources

  1. Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety

    The Encyclopaedia presents a panoramic view of the basic available information in the field of occupational safety and health.

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