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.


  1. Electronic library on labour administration and inspection and occupational safety and health

    e-labadminOSH DVD 2014

    21 January 2015

  2. Resource list

    Occupational safety and health in the shipping, ports, fisheries and inland waterways sector

    07 January 2015

  3. ILO Blog

    What can the fight against HIV teach us about Ebola?

    19 December 2014


  1. Distance learning course on occupational safety and health

    13 April - 24 September 2015, International Training Centre of the ILO, Turin, Italy

  2. SOLVE training of trainers: Integrating health promotion in occupational safety and health policies

    18 - 29 May 2015, International Training Centre of the ILO, Turin, Italy

  3. Master in Occupational Safety and Health

    7 September 2015 - 30 September 2016, International Training Centre of the ILO, Turin, Italy

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.