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.

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. HealthWISE - Work Improvement in Health Services - Trainers' Guide

    07 March 2014

    HealthWISE is a practical, participatory quality improvement tool for health facilities. The Trainers' Guide accompanies the Action Manual- combining action and learning. Topics include occupational safety and health, personnel management and environmental health.

  5. HealthWISE - Work Improvement in Health Services - Action Manual

    07 March 2014

    HealthWISE is a practical, participatory quality improvement tool for health facilities. It encourages workers and managers to work together to improve workplaces and practices with low-cost solutions. Topics include occupational safety and health, personnel management and environmental health.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. The new 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.

  10. 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.

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

    01 July 2010

    The manual aims at reducing work-related accidents and diseases and improving safety, health and working conditions. The checkpoints offer practical, low-cost solutions to ergonomic problems, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. This second edition features revised text, additional checkpoints and new, full-colour illustrations.

  12. Building modern and effective labour inspection systems

    07 June 2010

    This training package on “Building modern and effective labour inspection systems” is the result of a close and practical cooperation between the ILO and the International Training Centre, which believe that the importance of labour inspection in promoting decent work is more and more recognized as a fundamental tool of good governance. Through the international labour standards framework and with this training module, the ILO aims to strengthen labour inspection systems with a view towards ensuring compliance with labour laws and sound labour inspection policies.

  13. Training package in occupational safety and health for the construction industry

    01 June 2010

  14. Tackling hazardous child labour in agriculture: Guidance on policy and practice

    01 October 2006

    This toolkit has been produced to help policy-makers ensure that agriculture is a priority sector for the elimination of child labour. The guidebooks included in this package provide policy-makers and stakeholder organizations with information and ideas needed to plan, formulate and implement policies and programmes to tackle hazardous child labour in agriculture.

  15. Work Improvement for Safe Home (WISH): Action manual for improving safety, health and working conditions of home workers

    01 January 2006

    The WISH action manual is designed to provide home workers with practical, easy-to-implement ideas to improve their safety, health and working conditions. These improvements will also contribute to higher productivity and efficiency of their work and promote active participation and cooperation of home workers in the same workplace or in the same community.

  16. A tool kit for labour inspectors: A model enforcement policy, a training and operations manual, a code of ethical behaviour

    01 January 2006

    The toolkit provides three basic tools necessary for a modern labour inspection practice that is both efficient and effective. It is hoped that the Policy, the Manual and the Code will become the useful, standard reference texts for labour inspection and labour inspectors in many countries.

  17. Integrated Labour Inspection Training System (ILITS)

    01 January 2006

    High standards of inspector training are essential for the pivotal role of labour inspection if decent work is to be promoted at the enterprise level, especially with all the challenge arising from a rapidly changing world of work. ILITS provides a new modular approach to such training.

  18. Work Improvement in Neighbourhood Development (WIND): Manual

    01 August 2005

    This WIND manual consists of 42 checkpoints useful for improving safety, health and working conditions in agriculture. Special focus is placed on easy-to-implement solutions and learning from existing local good examples. The ideas you will find in this manual are concrete, practical and can be implemented at low-cost. Many ideas in this manual come from the innumerable good examples developed by farmers in Cambodia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

  19. A handbook on HIV/AIDS for labour and factory inspectors

    01 February 2005

    This handbook aims to help labour inspectors deal with the issue of HIV/AIDS. It establishes the links between the key principles and core responsibilities of labour inspectorates and the management of HIV/AIDS at the workplace. It includes training activities and practical tools to help inspectors integrate HIV/AIDS in their work.

  20. Framework guidelines for addressing workplace violence in the health sector: The training manual

    01 January 2005

    This manual is a practical, user-friendly tool that builds on the policy approach of the Framework Guidelines. Representatives of governments, employers and workers would be well served to use the manual in training situations, so as to encourage social dialogue among health sector stakeholders and develop, in consultation, approaches to address violence in the workplace.