My life, my work, my safe work - Managing risk in the work environment
People everywhere are exposed to safety and health risks from their work. The ILO estimates that some 6,000 workers die each day worldwide as a result of work-related accidents or illness. And occupationally related deaths appear to be on the rise. Moreover, each year there are an estimated 270 million non-fatal work-related accidents (each resulting in at least three days’ absence from work) as well as 160 million new cases of work-related diseases. The total cost of such accidents and ill health have been estimated by the ILO to equal 4 per cent of global GDP, or more than 20 times the global amount of official development assistance.
Occupational safety and health is of worldwide concern to governments, employers, workers and their families. While some industries are inherently more hazardous than others, groups such as migrant or other marginalized workers are often more at risk of experiencing work-related accidents.
- “Superman has fallen”: Managing risk in the work environment
- ILO and US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health agree to cooperate on expanding safety and health at work
- ILO Convention No. 187 on occupational safety and health to come into force following ratification by the Republic of Korea
- Luxembourg ratifies 20 ILO Instruments including 15 in the field of occupational safety and health
- Press release: Worldwide events to mobilize workers, employers and governments on managing risks at work
- Message by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office, on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, 28 April 2008