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  1. Technical Memorandum: China

    30 August 2010

    A project on “Strengthening labour inspection services” funded by the Norwegian Government provided for a review of the OSH inspection system in China for better protection and prevention of workplace accidents and occupational diseases. In this report, the review team puts forward findings, conclusions and recommendations for the improvement of OSH inspection policies and practices and the development of a capacity-building strategy.

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

    15 July 2010

    Fully revised and expanded, this new edition of the highly successful Ergonomic checkpoints is aimed at reducing work-related accidents and diseases and improving safety, health and working conditions. Building on the wealth of experience of practitioners in applying these checkpoints, the second edition features revised text, additional checkpoints and new, full-colour illustrations.

  3. Approaches to Attribution of Detrimental Health Effects to Occupational Ionizing Radiation Exposure and their Application in Compensation Programmes for Cancer (OSH 73)

    23 June 2010

    Jointly published by three international organizations with mandates relating to occupational health and ionizing radiation - the ILO, IAEA and WHO - the publication will be useful for national authorities, trade unions, employers and other parties with an interest in ensuring an equitable approach to workers' compensation.

  4. Alcohol and drug problems at work - The shift to prevention

    13 May 2010

    This document is a practical manual to setting up and managing substance abuse prevention programmes in the enterprise. It describes the physiological effects of alcohol and drugs and the problems relating to intoxication, regular use and dependency as they affect the workplace. It presents a step-by-step guidance on designing, implementing and sustaining prevention programmes. It also provides examples of alcohol and drug policies from companies around the world, useful checklists, self-assessment tools and an extensive list of Internet, print and audiovisual resources. The document was prepared in collaboration with the United Nations Office of Drug Control and Crime Prevention (UNODC).

  5. WARM: Work Adjustment for Recycling and Managing Waste

    11 May 2010

    Action manual for waste collectors and communities to promote their joint actions in improving safety, health and efficiency in waste collection and management.

  6. ILO List of Occupational Diseases (revised 2010)

    25 March 2010

    This new list of occupational diseases reflects the state-of-the-art development in the identification and recognition of occupational diseases in the world of today. It indicates clearly where prevention and protection should take place. This ILO list represents the latest worldwide consensus on diseases which are internationally accepted as caused by work. This list can serve as a model for the establishment, review and revision of national lists of occupational diseases. The world’s working population and their families will benefit from this new list.


  1. Developing the WIND training programme in Asia: Participatory approaches to improving safety, health and working conditions of farmers (Full)

    30 December 2009

    This book documents and analyses the course of the development of the WIND training programme in Vietnam and also the efforts of other countries in Asia. The authors have paid particular attention to the usefulness of participatory training methodologies and how much the WIND programme has respected and supported the self-help initiative of local farmers. The book will give an insight into participatory approaches for those who plan to apply the WIND programme and also for those who are interested in achieving local developments in a participatory manner.

  2. The ASEAN Occupational Safety and Health Network: Good occupational safety and health practices 2008/2009

    30 December 2009

    This publication is a compilation of the many good OSH practices in terms of national OSH frameworks, enforcement, outreach, training and research developed in recent years in ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member countries. These examples were first presented during the ASEAN-OSHNET Workshop on Good OSH Practices in Singapore in February 2009. The ASEAN-OSHNET functions to help member countries achieve better OSH performance. Under the ASEAN-OSHNET Plan of Action, adopted in 2007, all member countries aim to develop a national OSH profile and implement national OSH strategies or programmes by 2012.

  3. Selling Ships for Recycling

    01 October 2009

    Guidelines on Transitional Measures for Shipowners

  4. Achieving the Revitalising Health and Safety targets: Statistical progress report

    30 September 2009

    The Revitalising Health and Safety strategy statement, launched in June 2000, set three national targets for improving health and safety performance by 2010. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) set out its technical approach to measuring progress against the Revitalising targets in a Statistical Note published in June 2001. Among other things, this said that a report on progress would be prepared each autumn, comparing the latest data with those for the base year (1999 or financial year 1999/2000). This document is the ninth such annual report.

  5. Promoting occupational health services for workers in the informal economy through primary care units

    15 September 2009

    This working paper reviews and analyses the substantial efforts of the primary care units(PCU)in different districts under the guidance of the Bureau for Occupational and Environmental Diseases of the Ministry of Public Health. The paper highlights the impact of their efforts and recommends the next important steps at both national policy and provincial levels.

  6. Tips on protecting your employees from pandemic human influenza

    01 August 2009

    Tips on how to prevent pandemic human influenza in the workplace extracted from ILO training manuals.

  7. Protecting your health and business from animal influenza: action manual for farmers and workers

    16 April 2009

    Outbreaks of avian influenza in the recent past, and the current spread of Influenza A (H1N1) stemming from swine, have prompted worldwide concern. This training manual has been developed to promote safe practices. The manual is user-friendly and practical, providing an action checklist of various prevention measures, including explanations and descriptions.

  8. Safety and health in underground coalmines, ILO code of practice

    23 February 2009

    This code of practice on safety and health in underground coalmines reflects the many changes in the industry and its workforce, as well as new developments in occupational safety and health policies and ILO instruments on occupational safety and health. A leaner, multi-skilled workforce, new technology and less prescriptive, more systems-oriented approach to addressing safety and health are also reflected in this code.(Please find more details in abstract.) Price: 40 Sw.frs.; US$32; £17; 25 Euros

  9. Guidelines for port State control officers carrying out inspections under the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

    12 February 2009

    The guidelines contained in this book are an important international resource for implementing port State responsibilities under the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC). They were adopted by the ILO in September 2008 together with Guidelines for flag State inspections under the MLC, 2006.

  10. Protecting your employees and business from pandemic human influenza: Action manual for small and medium-sized enterprises

    23 January 2009

    The outbreak of avian influenza and the ongoing incidences of infected cases have prompted worldwide concern. This training manual is developed to promote safe practices in small and medium-sized enterprises. The manual is user-friendly and practical, providing an Action Checklist on various prevention measures including explanations and descriptions. The unique participatory training methods of the ILO, Work Improvement in Small Enterprises (WISE) and Work Improvements in Neighbourhood Development (WIND), were used to promote understanding and encourage improvement in the actions of employers and workers in small and medium-sized enterprises.

  1. New online edition

    Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health & Safety

    The most comprehensive reference source on OSH, presents a panoramic view of the basic available information in the field.

  2. CISDOC - bibliographic database

    Contains about 70,000 citations of documents that deal with occupational accidents and diseases as well as ways of preventing them.

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