World Day for Safety and Health at Work - 28 April
24 April 2015
Workers who were victims of Rana Plaza were uninsured and intensive efforts to compensate them had to be made after the fact. The ILO says the accident is a wake-up call to establish national employment injury insurance so all workers are protected when accidents happen.
27 May 2014
This video tutorial aims to familiarize users with the potential of LEGOSH, its design, content and use by presenting its features and providing some practical examples. The database serves as a snapshot of the current national occupational safety and health regulatory frameworks around the globe and compiles the wealth of legislation worldwide related to this topic. LEGOSH is the first global analytical database on national occupational safety and health legislation. This video will introduce and explore its navigation and functionalities.
24 April 2014
Ruma Akter is one of Bangladesh's approximately four million garment workers. She is a working mother with a young son, and she is the leader of one of Bangladesh's newly-registered trade unions. Spurred on by the stream of horrific incidents happening in garment factories around her, and inspired by television talk shows watched in small tea stands, she started gathering workers together last year. It has taken about six months, but the Welltex Sromik (Workers) Union is now formally registered and has almost 500 members - and the changes in the factory are visible to everyone.
17 April 2014
ILO Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships Gilbert Houngbo is in Bangladesh this week to mark the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse, which killed over 1,100 garment workers. ILO News spoke to him about the key challenges facing employers, unions, the government and the international community in the months and years ahead.
03 October 2013
ILO Director General Guy Ryder discussed accusations of forced labour and other labour violations on Qatar's World Cup and other construction sites, saying that while there had been progress to address these issues on paper, implementation is the major problem but an "eminently fixable" one. He went on to say that Qatar has the resources to do the job and that the necessary political will needs to be applied on all sides before more lives are lost on construction sites.
01 July 2013
Veolia Environnement -- a leading global water, waste and energy management company - has joined more than 300 signatories in support of the Seoul Declaration to promote workplace safety and health worldwide. The agreement was signed at the headquarters of the International Labour Organization (ILO) by Antoine Frérot, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Veolia Environnement.
21 May 2013
In March 2013 the tripartite constituents of the ILO - government, employers and workers - developed a National Tripartite Plan of Action on Fire Safety for the Ready-Made Garment Sector in Bangladesh. It came about after two devastating fires at ready-made garment factories in 2012 and early 2013 killed 120 workers and injured many others. One of the activities in the Plan of Action, is to develop and deliver mass worker education tools, such as this video, to promote safety and health in the ready-made garments sector.
28 April 2013
An estimate of 200,000 workers are at risk of developing pneumoconiosis in Thailand. ILO’s Senior Specialist in Occupational Safety and Health, Dr. Igor Fedotov says, “It would not be an exaggeration to say that millions are at risk around the world” and these cases are often being unreported. With the help of the ILO, however, the Thai Ministry of Health has increased the number of skilled doctors to treat and support workers diagnosed with the lung disease, making Thailand a leader among developing economies.
30 November 2012
The European Union and the ILO SAFEWORK programme have engaged in a joint project to improve safety and health at work in Honduras, Malawi, The Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, and Zambia. This video gives an overview of the successes reached in these countries, leading to safe and healthy, decent workplace for all.
26 November 2012
The equivalent of four plane crashes each and every day. This is how many people go out to work each day and don't return home because they die in a workplace accident. Thousands more die of work-related diseases. But these accidents and illnesses are preventable. Coordinated action at national and enterprise level is improving workplace safety and health, as well as directly benefiting business productivity, cost-saving and competitiveness. The EU and the ILO's programme on Safety and Health at Work and the environment SafeWork have engaged in a joint project to improve safety and health at work in five countries across three regions of the world: Honduras, Malawi, The Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, and Zambia. The successes reached in these countries can be replicated around the world, leading to safe and healthy, decent workplaces for all.