Publications and technical tools


  1. Occupational Safety and Health in Global Value Chains Starterkit

    24 July 2018

    Assessment of drivers and constraints for OSH improvement in global value chains and intervention design

  2. Occupational Safety and Health within Sustainable Sourcing Policies of Multinational Enterprises

    24 July 2018

    Summary of research findings focusing on agriculture and textile

  3. Occupational safety and health in public health emergencies: A manual for protecting health workers and responders

    26 June 2018

    This manual provides an overview of the main OSH risks faced by emergency responders during disease outbreaks and other emergencies, such as natural disasters, chemical incidents, radiological emergencies and emergencies involving conflicts.

  4. The ILO MNE Declaration: What’s in it for Workers?

    01 May 2018

    The ILO Tripartite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration) was negotiated and adopted by governments, employers and workers in 1977. It is the only ILO instrument that provides direct guidance on how companies can contribute to the realization of decent work for all and highlights the central role of freedom of association and collective bargaining as well as industrial relations and social dialogue.

  5. Improving the Safety and Health of Young Workers

    28 April 2018

  6. The Threat of Physical and Psychosocial Violence and Harassment in Digitalized Work

    06 February 2018

    The workplace is changing rapidly, due to the recent increase of new technologies. Digitalization is impacting management and organisation of workplaces across the world, transforming how, how much, where, and under what conditions, people work.

  7. International Newsletter on Occupational Safety and Health

    18 January 2018

    This Special Issue is based on the ILO global survey on OSH knowledge agencies, institutions and organizations (AIO) which was undertaken in 2016 to constitute, for the first time, a comprehensive global knowledge base of their scope of work and international networking practices.


  1. Trade Union Action on Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities

    03 December 2017

    Trade unions are working all over the world on disability issues. This research captures and summarises trade union action on disability from over 50 countries, including developed, emerging and developing economies. The research offers a new perspective to trade unions who have not worked on this issue, and points to opportunities for others to develop their work further.

  2. Food and agriculture global value chains: Drivers and constraints for occupational safety and health improvement - Volume Two - Three case studies

    09 November 2017

  3. Food and agriculture global value chains: Drivers and constraints for occupational safety and health improvement - Volume One - Perspectives from relevant research areas

    09 November 2017

  4. Food and agriculture global value chains: Drivers and constraints for occupational safety and health improvement - Executive summary

    31 October 2017

  5. Conducting Labour Inspections on Construction - A guide for labour inspectors

    22 August 2017

    The objective of this guide is to assist labour inspectors fulfil their inspectorial function by providing information, in a user friendly format on, a suggested methodology for conducting inspections of construction activities; from planning to reporting on the inspection, as well as providing technical information which labour inspectors can supply to employers and workers, so as to ensure “Decent Work”.

  6. ILO Bangladesh Newsletter

    31 July 2017

  7. Towards Improved Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh

    05 June 2017

    The ILO’s ‘Improving Fire and General Building Safety in Bangladesh’ project funded by the US Department of Labor was launched in 2013 in response to the safety issues affecting the RMG sector. Coming to an end in January 2017, this publication highlights the major achievements of the project.

  8. Presentation on "Optimize the collection and use of OSH data"

    13 April 2017

    This presentation aims at highlighting the key points of the 2017 World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

  9. Toolbox for the collection and use of OSH data

    10 March 2017

  10. Toolbox for the collection and use of OSH data

    10 March 2017

  11. World Day for Safety and Health at Work - Fact Sheets

    09 March 2017

    As part of the 2017 World Day for Safety and Health at Work campaign, a set of fact sheets has been developed to raise awareness and to support countries in optimizing the collection and use of occupational safety and health (OSH) data. They summarize the key elements of a national system for recording and notification of occupational accidents and diseases, discuss other complementary methods and sources of OSH data and highlight the challenges in this field.

  12. Violence and Harassment against Women and Men in the World of Work-Trade Union Perspective and Action

    08 March 2017

    Violence against women and men in the world of work is an abuse of power that affects the most marginalised workers. Women are disproportionately affected where unequal power relations, low pay, non-standard working conditions and other workplace abuses expose them to violence in the world of work. This report draws on the work of Global Union Federations and 35 national case studies from different sectors and countries across the world to show that through collective agreements, workplace policies and negotiations, campaigns and awareness raising, trade unions have taken constructive steps to tackle violence in the world of work. A key objective of the report is to promote a systematic approach to prevention and elimination of violence and harassment at work and to inform trade unions in building a strong position for the development of a standard-setting item at the International Labour Conference in 2018.

  13. Data Sources for Optimizing the Collection and Use of OSH data - Fact sheet

    08 March 2017