Training materials

The ILO develops practical and easy to use training materials and methods that provide adequate occupational safety and health (OSH) capacities. They help users identify key priorities, elaborate coherent and relevant strategies, establish effective and efficient practices, and implement national OSH programmes. The training tools are aimed at management, supervisors, workers and their representatives, government officials, and all those concerned with workers' safety and health.

The instructional materials introduce the concepts of hazard, risk and prevention as one of the effective means to build a strong and sustained preventative safety and health culture. Many focus on the “train-the trainer” approach. A number of training packages have been used in several countries resulting in concrete OSH improvements at national and enterprise levels. They are made widely available through technical cooperation activities and training programmes.

Creating safe and healthy workplaces

  1. This 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.

  1. Online toolkit of resources to support member States in ratifying up-to-date standards on OSH in construction and mining

    29 March 2019

    The Standards Review Mechanism Tripartite Working Group (SRM TWG) was established in 2015 to review the ILO’s international labour standards. Through this body, the ILO’s tripartite constituents aim to ensure that the Organization’s body of standards is robust and responsive to the constantly changing patterns of the world of work, for the purpose of the protection of workers and taking into account the needs of sustainable enterprises.

  2. Generation Safe & Healthy - Key Messages

    28 April 2018

  3. Global Manual for WISE - Work Improvements in Small Enterprises

    14 March 2018

    The Global Manual for WISE is designed to assist employers and workers in small enterprises from the manufacturing sector in creating safe, healthy and productive workplaces.

  4. Strategic Compliance Resource Page

    14 March 2018

    Strategic Compliance, Labour Inspection, LABADMIN/OSH

  5. International Labour Law and Domestic Law: A training manual for judges, lawyers and legal educators: Occupational safety and health

    21 February 2018

    This publication provides an in-depth examination of international labour standards relating to occupational safety and health and other relevant international instruments, as well as concrete illustrations of how these can be used to settle labour disputes involving occupational safety and health.

  6. Fire Safety Management Course

    22 December 2017

    This self-learning course on fire safety management is accessible via the International Training Centre ILO e-campus website.

  7. Portworker Development Programme in Bulk Terminals

    04 March 2017

  8. Work at height can be conducted safely - Leaflet

    13 December 2016

  9. Personal protective equipment helps you stay safe and healthy - Leaflet

    13 December 2016

  10. Prevent falls -work safely at height - Leaflet

    13 December 2016

  11. Work safely in excavations and trenches - Leaflet

    13 December 2016

  12. HealthWISE - Work Improvement in Health Services

    31 July 2014

    HealthWISE is a practical, participatory quality improvement tool for health facilities. The HealthWISE package consists of an Action Manual and a Trainers' Guide to combine action and learning. Topics include occupational safety and health, personnel management and environmental health.

  13. Global manual for WIND: Practical approaches for improving safety, health and working conditions in agriculture

    14 April 2014

    This global manual is a culmination of the most recent developments in the WIND training programme collected from different parts of the world. It constitutes a practical and effective tool to support continuous efforts to materialize safety and health at work for families and communities. This new version of the manual is aimed at all potential users, targeted at the global level, beyond country and region.

  14. Ergonomic checkpoints in agriculture: Practical and easy-to-implement solutions for improving safety, health and working conditions

    21 March 2014

    This manual presents practical solutions for improvements in agricultural work and rural life from an ergonomics point of view. The checkpoints it lists are intended to be used as a means to improve existing working and living conditions, for better safety, health and efficiency in agricultural and rural settings.

  15. HIV and AIDS: Guidelines for the mining sector

    01 November 2013

    This publication which was prepared jointly by the HIV/AIDS and the World of Work Branch (ILOAIDS) and the Sectoral Activities Department (SECTOR) is meant to assist stakeholders in the mining sector in strengthening their response to HIV and AIDS.

  16. Training package on development of a national programme of occupational safety and health

    07 June 2013

    This training package is intended to support training activities aimed at promoting the ILO’s strategic approach to occupational safety and health (OSH). It provides inputs for the development of a National OSH Programme, as well as for the drawing up of a National OSH Policy and a National OSH Profile.

  17. Training package on workplace risk assessment and management for small and medium-sized enterprises

    07 June 2013

    This training package on risk assessment and management at the workplace seeks primarily to empower owners and managers of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to take action themselves to improve safety and health conditions in their workplaces.

  18. Good practices in labour inspection: The rural sector with special attention to agriculture

    03 June 2012

    This collection of good practices represents a useful tool for labour inspectors, workers and employers with a view to better understanding the implications and complexities of a labour inspection system in the rural sector with specific attention to agriculture.

  19. The SOLVE training package: Integrating health promotion into workplace OSH policies

    18 April 2012

    The material covers the management of health promotion at the workplace to deal with nine topics: stress and economic stress, violence, tobacco and smoke-free workplaces, alcohol and drugs, nutrition, physical activity, healthy sleep and HIV/AIDS. The package includes a participant's workbook, a trainer’s guide, lesson plans and a CD-ROM with presentations and background material.

  20. Stress prevention at work checkpoints

    01 January 2012

    This manual aims at reviewing workplace stress issues. It includes easy-to-apply checkpoints for identifying stressors in working life and mitigating their harmful effects. It is hoped that workers and employers will be able to use the checkpoints to detect causes of stress at work and take effective measures to address them.