Publications and technical tools


  1. Plan safe, plan healthy: Guidelines for developing national programmes on occupational safety and health

    02 January 2013

    This guide will serve as a useful source of information for those involved in preparing national programmes on occupational safety and health (OSH) and, consequently, will deliver an improvement in working conditions and a reduction in work-related accidents and diseases.

  2. Protecting Workplace Safety and Health in Difficult Economic Times – The Effect of the Financial Crisis and Economic Recession on Occupational Safety and Health

    02 January 2013

    The International Labour Office is concerned that the financial and economic crisis has led to the restructuring of businesses and this could be compromising safety and health measures in the workplace. This report therefore focuses on the implications of the financial and economic crisis on occupational safety and health.

  3. Strengthening the role of employment injury schemes to help prevent occupational accidents and diseases

    02 January 2013

    The overall aim of the guide is to provide policy recommendations for future direction in the area of employment injury (EI) schemes. The guide is targeted at a mixed audience of national authorities dealing with occupational safety and health (OSH).

  4. National system for recording and notification of occupational diseases: Practical guide

    02 January 2013

    This practical guide has been prepared to help member States to establish and improve their national systems for recording and notification of occupational diseases. It is aimed at relevant people in the responsible authorities, such as the ministries of labour, health, and social security; at those in occupational safety and health inspection, occupational safety and health services, national social security institutions, and compensation boards; and at employers, workers and their organizations. It also includes practical and detailed guidance on compiling and analyzing data collected through national disease surveillance systems.

  5. Audit Matrix for the ILO Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems (ILO-OSH 2001)

    02 January 2013

    In 2001 the ILO developed the ILO Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Management Systems, ILO-OSH 2001, to help governments, employers and workers to continually improve their OSH performance. Auditing is one of the key steps in both implementing an OSH management system and evaluating its performance.


  1. The global impact of e-waste: Addressing the challenge

    20 December 2012

    This paper explores the volumes, sources and flows of e-waste, the risks it poses to e-waste workers and the environment, occupational safety and health issues, labour issues and regulatory frameworks, and links this growing global problem with the International Labour Organization’s current and future work.

  2. Estimating the economic costs of occupational injuries and illnesses in developing countries: Essential information for decision-makers

    12 December 2012

    This advocacy report attempts to identify the elements which should be taken into account in determining the cost of occupational accidents and diseases at the national level, with a focus on developing countries. The aim is to help countries identify the economic costs of not improving workplace safety and health – to employers, to workers and to society as a whole – and to inform decision-makers of the net costs of policies presented to them.

  3. Improvement of national reporting, data collection and analysis of occupational accidents and diseases

    12 December 2012

    This report focuses on the importance of national reporting of occupational accidents and diseases and how it can be improved, as well as data collection systems and how the data can be evaluated and analyzed.

  4. Safety Recommendations for Decked Fishing Vessels of Less than 12 metres in Length and Undecked Fishing Vessels (FAO/ILO/IMO)

    01 December 2012

    The Safety Recommendations provide information on the design, construction, equipment, training and protection of the crews of small fishing vessels with a view to promoting the safety of the vessel and the safety and health of the crews.

  5. Fire safety: Action checklist

    01 November 2012

    This checklist is a management tool to implement practical actions to improve fire safety at the workplace. The successful implementation of this checklist is dependent on the willingness and cooperation between employers, supervisors and workers to make positive changes in the workplace to improve fire safety.

  6. Fire risk management

    01 November 2012

    This booklet is designed to provide employers, managers, workers and governmental organizations with key information on the very severe risks that fires pose in the workplace, as well as on their prevention and control.

  7. Final conference of the EU/ILO project "Improving safety and health at work through a Decent Work Agenda" in Malawi

    16 October 2012

    16 October 2012, Lilongwe, Malawi. Final brochure outlining key project activities. Background, aim, results achieved, the challenge, final project conference.

  8. Good Practices in Labour Inspection on HIV and AIDS

    12 October 2012

    This publication is a set of good practices on labour inspection with respect to HIV and AIDS which was prepared jointly by the LAB/ADMIN and the ILO Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work (ILO/AIDS). It is a tool for labour inspectors, workers and employers to improve their understanding about the linkages between labour inspection and HIV and AIDS.

  9. Knowledge, attitudes and practices on HIV and AIDS among manufacturing industry workers in Honduras

    01 October 2012

    This study was conducted by the ILO and the UNAH-VS, in partnership with UNAIDS, the Honduran Manufacturers Association and ASONAPVSIDAH. The objective is to identify the level of knowledge, attitudes, and practices relative to HIV and AIDS among the workers of six companies in the manufacturing industry located in Villanueva and Choloma of the Cortés Region.

  10. Knowledge, attitudes and practices on HIV and AIDS among national port authority and dock workers in Honduras

    01 October 2012

    This study was conducted by the ILO, with the support of the OFID, in collaboration with UNAH-VS, UNAIDS, ENP, SITRAENP, and ASONAPVSIDAH. The objective is to ascertain the level of knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding HIV and AIDS among the workforce of the National Port Authority (ENP), and the dock workers employed at Puerto Cortés.

  11. e-OSH 2012: Electronic library on occupational safety and health

    25 June 2012

    This invaluable trilingual DVD-ROM gives you quick access to a wide range of ILO documents on occupational safety and health (OSH).

  12. HIV and AIDS: Guide for tourism sector

    01 June 2012

    The present Guide is a compilation of a range of resources – including tools and information – that can be used by the different players in the tourism sector to help slow the spread of the AIDS virus. This Guide will also give effect to the provisions of Recommendation No. 200, recalling the specific and important role of employers’ and workers’ organizations in promoting and supporting sectoral, national and international efforts in response to HIV and AIDS and tuberculosis (TB).

  13. Working time, health, and safety: A research synthesis paper

    28 May 2012

  14. Employment injury protection in Serbia: issues and options

    02 May 2012

    This report describes the current system in Serbia in light of the principles of employment injury protection and looks at occupational safety and health issues in the context of current economic conditions and challenges.

  15. International Labour Standards and Guiding Principles on Labour Administration and Labour Inspection

    25 April 2012

    This Working Document presents selected International Labour Conventions and Recommendations as well as guiding principles concerning Labour Administration and Labour Inspection. The relevant resolutions and conclusions of various ILO regional conferences and meetings have also been included.