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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Work Improvement in Neighbourhood Development (WIND)

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Work Improvements in Small Enterprises (WISE) - Package for trainers

    01 January 2004

    This training package is aimed at upgrading the skills of WISE trainers in Asia who conduct training courses and provide technical assistance for local small enterprises. It helps both entrepreneurs and workers benefit from the productivity gain and safety and health improvements. Its six basic training principles are: build on local practice; focus on achievements; link working conditions with other management goals; use learning-by-doing; encourage exchange of experience; promote workers’ involvement.

  8. Health, safety and environment: A series of trade union education manuals for agricultural workers

    01 January 2004

    This series of manuals has been developed to help union affiliates representing agricultural workers to tackle health, safety and environmental problems (HS&E), through their training programmes.

  9. Combating child labour: A handbook for labour inspectors

    01 January 2002

    This handbook will be a most useful instrument for labour inspectors in that it provides an overview of what their role can be with respect to child labour, and shows how to focus in on the problem, not only in the urban factory or establishment, but the informal sector workshops, rural communities and fields as well.

  10. Participatory Action Training for Informal Sector (PATRIS): Trainer's guide

    01 March 1999

    This brief guide explains how to organise and carry out training designed to improve safety, health and working conditions in the informal sector workplaces by using the attached training materials.

  11. Participatory Action Training for Informal Sector (PATRIS): Operator's manual

    01 March 1999

    This manual shows how to take simple, effective, and low-cost action which improves safety and health at the workplace and at the same time raises productivity. The training method encourages owners and operators to make concrete improvements at the shop-floor level.

  12. Improving working conditions and productivity in the garment industry: An action manual

    01 January 1998

    Aiming to help with the productivity and efficiency of garment-producing enterprises, this manual suggests practical ideas for the design, materials, safety, welfare and maintenance of the business. It also presents procedures and examples for identifying and assessing productivity.

  13. Chemical safety training modules

    01 January 1998

    The training modules introduce safe use of chemicals at workplaces, present classification systems for the labelling and transport of dangerous goods, allow the reading and use of chemical safety cards, give a basic overview of toxicology and disseminate information on selected, widely used, hazardous substances.

  14. Your health and safety at work (series)

    01 January 1996

    The modules of this series have been developed to help trainers teach essential information on occupational health and safety to workers. Trainers can use these modules to teach workers from any workplace where basic health and safety information and training are needed.

  15. Safety, health and welfare on construction sites: A training manual

    01 January 1995

    This manual, a revised and expanded version of a 1990 edition, will help consider safety, health and welfare conditions on construction sites in and learn about possible solutions to the encountered problems. It has been developed primarily for construction site workers, their representatives and the workers’ immediate supervisors.

  16. Portworker Development Programme

    01 January 1994

  17. Safety and health in the use of chemicals at work

    12 February 1993

    This training manual addresses all aspects of dealing with chemicals including production, storage, use, transport and disposal. It provides an approach to problems and solutions concerning safety and health in the use of chemicals at work. It is written in straightforward language and assumes a minimum of technical knowledge. The manual also includes the texts of ILO Convention No. 170 and ILO Recommendation No. 177 and a system for classification, identification and labelling of chemicals.

  18. Major hazard control: A practical manual

    01 January 1993

    This manual is designed to deal with the safety aspects of siting, planning, design, construction and operation of plants. It explains how to identify major hazard installations and describes all the components of a major hazard control system. Extensive information is provided on planning for emergencies, both on site and in the surrounding neighborhood.

  19. Safety and health in the use of agrochemicals: A guide

    01 January 1991

    The information in the present guide will be of value to those directly engaged in the handling and use of agrochemicals. Emphasis has been laid extensively on safe handling and use, and on practical measures to be taken to avoid undue consequences. The guide is intended for use as a training aid in ILO technical co-operation projects to encourage action at national level.

  20. Safety-health and working conditions

    01 January 1987

    This training manual is prepared as a tool for training people directly concerned with workplace improvements. The manual is aimed at managers, supervisors, workers, safety representatives and others in all kinds of industries. It is designed particularly for use in developing countries.