Publications available at the Documentation Center

The Documentation Center gathers the basic and fundamental publications, brochures and books of the Social protection Sector and it makes available an List of publications of the Documentation Center.

The online bookstore also provides books and publications that deal with social protection issues which you can purchase.

There are two available purchase methods:

  • The very latest publications from the bookstore and
  • The catalogue of ILO publications from September 2009 until February 2010.

Publications available in the other departments

Social Security publications

The key resources of the Social Security Department are gathered in the Social Security Policy Briefings series. These series are produced in the framework of the global campaign on social security and coverage for all; it aims to set out the views of the Social Security Department in areas of particular importance, and so provide guidance to ILO member countries in the formulation of their social security policies.

Occupational Safety and Health publications

SafeWork is promoting ILO publications on occupational safety and health (OSH). CISDOC - archived bibliographic database is updated on a continuous basis with regulations, laws data sheets, training materials, articles, periodical publications, and books on OSH. The ILO's Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety is the most comprehensive reference source on the subject.

Conditions of work publications

Three different categories of information are provided by TRAVAIL:

Labour Migration publications

Dissemination of information is a key activity of the International Migration Branch.

You will find two categories of resources elaborated by International migration specialists:

  • International Migration Papers (IMP). They are produced by MIGRANT to make available current research on global migration trends, conditions of employment of migrants, and the impact of state policies on migration and the treatment of migrants;
  • Perspectives on Labour Migration. These papers are intended to contribute to understanding current issues and debates in international migration. They offer new perspectives, emerging formulations, and a variety of analytical approaches to the often controversial debates on national and international migration policy and practice.

HIV/AIDS and the World of Work publications

Under this section you can find the most recent publications of ILO/AIDS but also the Key guidelines and tools .


  1. Social protection global policy trends 2010-2015

    17 November 2014

    From fiscal consolidation to expanding social protection: Key to crisis recovery, inclusive development and social justice.


  1. Case Study - Malaysia: National System for the Recognition of Occupational Diseases

    23 April 2013

  2. Case Study: Bile duct cancer in printing plants in Japan

    23 April 2013

  3. Case Study: Karoshi: Death from overwork

    23 April 2013

  4. The Prevention of Occupational Diseases

    25 March 2013

    The report highlights occupational safety and health (OSH) as an integral part of the promotion of the prevention of occupational diseases.


  1. Fire safety: Action checklist

    01 November 2012

    This checklist is a management tool to implement practical actions to improve fire safety at the workplace. The successful implementation of this checklist is dependent on the willingness and cooperation between employers, supervisors and workers to make positive changes in the workplace to improve fire safety.

  2. Fire risk management

    01 November 2012

    This booklet is designed to provide employers, managers, workers and governmental organizations with key information on the very severe risks that fires pose in the workplace, as well as on their prevention and control.

  3. e-OSH 2012: Electronic library on occupational safety and health

    25 June 2012

    This invaluable trilingual DVD-ROM gives you quick access to a wide range of ILO documents on occupational safety and health (OSH).

  4. The GHS and the Global Partnership: A success story from Rio to Rio

    14 June 2012

    The booklet summarises and reviews the achievements, lessons learned and future directions of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) Global Partnership for Capacity Building to Implement the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

  5. Promoting safety and health in a green economy

    16 April 2012

    The report highlights occupational safety and health (OSH) as an integral part of the promotion of green jobs and a greener economy to achieve an economic and social development that is also environmentally sustainable.

  6. Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety

    20 February 2012

    The new Encyclopaedia website is a cutting-edge global knowledge platform for sharing occupational safety and health (OSH) information and good practices. This online multidisciplinary book of facts and knowledge presents the general user with a panoramic view of the field. The Encyclopaedia was written and compiled by world class researchers and industry experts. It is the most comprehensive reference source on the subject and one of the flagship and widely respected publications of the ILO.


  1. Working for a Social Protection Floor by Ellen Ehmke & Andreas Bodemer

    28 November 2011

    Worldwide, 75% of the population have no or insufficient access to social security provision. Despite the long record of social security as a human right, which is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Art. 22, 25) and the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (Art. 9), its implementation has been widely disregarded.

  2. Guidelines for the use of the ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses, Revised edition 2011

    17 November 2011

    This revised (2011) edition of the Guidelines for the use of the ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses extends the applicability of the Classification to digital radiographic images of the chest, as described in a new chapter 6 (page 14). Chapters 1 through 5 are identical to those that appeared in the preceding (2000) edition of the Guidelines. That text remains applicable as written for classifying conventional film-screen radiographs and the associated sets of ILO standard radiographs remain available from the ILO.

  3. Social Protection Floor for a Fair and Inclusive Globalization

    27 October 2011

    Report of the Social Protection Floor Advisory Group chaired by Michelle Bachelet. In many ways the power of the social protection floor lies in its simplicity. The floor is based on the idea that everyone should enjoy at least basic income security sufficient to live, guaranteed through transfers in cash or in kind, such as pensions for the elderly and persons with disabilities, child benefits, income support benefits and/or employment guarantees and services for the unemployed and working poor.

  4. XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work - ILO Introductory Report: Global Trends and Challenges on Occupational Safety and Health

    12 September 2011

    This Introductory Report concerns some of the achievements and challenges of the last three years since the adoption of the Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work at the XVIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work for building a preventative safety and health culture. How to meet these challenges will be the subject of much discussion and debate at the Congress itself, which it is hoped will be another significant landmark in the history of promoting a preventative safety and health culture across the world.

  5. Opportunity in Crisis: Preventing HIV from early adolescence to young adulthood

    01 June 2011

    This joint report by ILO, UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNFPA, WHO and the World Bank, provides an overview of the State of the epidemic among young people. It includes individual testimonies, the latest statistics and analysis on very young adolescents (10-14), older adolescents (15-19), young adults (20-24) and young people living with HIV. The report outlines opportunities for action to ensure the protection of these young people and to achieve the global targets for an AIDS- free generation.

  6. Radiation protection of workers

    11 April 2011

    SafeWork Information Note Series, Information Note No. 1

  7. OSH Management System: A tool for continual improvement

    31 March 2011

    The report discusses the application of an Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS) for the effective management of hazards and risks in the workplace. It has been prepared to serve as background to the 2011 World Day for Safety and Health at Work campaign.

  8. Criteria for use in preparedness and response for a nuclear or radiological emergency: General safety guide

    01 February 2011

    This Safety Guide is intended to assist Member States in the application of the Safety Requirements publication on Preparedness and Response for a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency (IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GS-R-2), and to help in the fulfilment of the IAEA’s obligations under the Assistance Convention. It provides generic criteria for protective actions and other response actions in the case of a nuclear or radiological emergency, including numerical values of these criteria. It also presents operational criteria derived from specific generic criteria.


  1. Ergonomic checkpoints: Practical and easy-to-implement solutions for improving safety, health and working conditions. Second edition

    15 July 2010

    Fully revised and expanded, this new edition of the highly successful Ergonomic checkpoints is aimed at reducing work-related accidents and diseases and improving safety, health and working conditions. Building on the wealth of experience of practitioners in applying these checkpoints, the second edition features revised text, additional checkpoints and new, full-colour illustrations.