Occupational Health

What's new

  1. Resource list

    ILO's role and response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak

    The present outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in the West-African Region is a public health emergency, but also an imminent threat to safety and health at work, especially for health care workers.

  2. Study

    Strategy and implementation of the programme for the prevention and control of pneumoconiosis in Thailand

    Pneumoconiosis is one of the most prevalent occupational diseases in Thailand. The most common forms of the disease are silicosis and asbestosis, and other asbestos-related diseases. The aims of the study are to review the situation of these diseases and describe national strategic and action plans to prevent and control them.

  3. Report

    Historical developments of administrative measures for occupational diseases in Japan

    The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (formerly the Ministry of Labour), which continues to be the sole administrative body responsible for occupational health in Japan, has implemented various measures to tackle occupational diseases, while interacting with the parties concerned.

Key resources

  1. National System for Recording and Notification of Occupational Diseases Practical Guide

    This practical guide has been prepared to help member States to establish and improve their national systems for recording and notification of occupational diseases. It is aimed at relevant people in the responsible authorities, such as the ministries of labour, health, and social security; at those in occupational safety and health inspection, occupational safety and health services, national social security institutions, and compensation boards; and at employers, workers and their organizations. It also includes practical and detailed guidance on compiling and analyzing data collected through national disease surveillance systems.

  2. List of occupational diseases (revised 2010). Identification and recognition of occupational diseases: Criteria for incorporating diseases in the ILO list of occupational diseases (OSH 74)

    01 December 2010

    The number of physical, chemical, biological and psychosocial factors affecting workers’ health is constantly on the rise. The ILO has been responding to the challenge of creating safe and healthy working conditions since its founding in 1919. Agreed by governments as well as employers’ and workers’ organizations, this new list, approved in March 2010, reflects the state of the art in the identification and recognition of occupational diseases. The list, annexed here to the List of Occupational Diseases Recommendation, 2002 (No. 194), is designed to assist countries in their prevention, recording, notification and, if applicable, compensation of diseases caused by work.

  3. ILO Codes of Practice and Guides on Occupational Health

    01 January 2009

  4. Main ILO Conventions and Recommendations on Occupational Health

    01 January 2009

  5. Conference paper

    Prevention of occupational diseases

    11 February 2013

    This paper examines the scale and dynamic nature of occupational diseases and the challenges associated with their prevention. Based on the experiences and lessons learned in the recognition and prevention of occupational diseases, it describes the Office strategy and invites the Governing Body to provide guidance on how to enhance the effectiveness of action to prevent occupational diseases.