Technical cooperation activities in occupational safety and health

Occupational safety and health (OSH) is an essential component of the Decent Work Agenda. ILO specialists at the headquarters and in the field manage a variety of projects focusing on OSH. Other projects may incorporate an OSH component. The overall purpose is to encourage national action on the improvement of OSH and working conditions for the protection of workers’ health.

The ILO facilitates international technical cooperation on OSH with a view to assist countries, particularly developing countries, for the following purposes:
  • strengthen their capacity for the establishment and maintenance of a national preventative safety and health culture;
  • promote a management systems approach to occupational safety and health; and
  • promote the ratification, in the case of Conventions, and implementation of instruments of the ILO relevant to the promotional framework for occupational safety and health.

Projects and programmes

  1. EU Support to facilitate participation of CARIFORUM Civil Society in the Regional Development and Integration Process: Challenges to CARIFORUM Labour, Private Sector and Employers to fulfil their EPA Obligations

    2 February 2011 - 1 February 2018

    A programme to enhance the capacities of the CEC and CCL with a view to their fulfilling their obligations with respect to the implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement.

  2. Improving Fire and General Building Safety project

    1 January 2014 - 31 December 2016

    The Improving Fire and General Building Safety in Bangladesh project aims to improve fire and building safety in the Ready Made Garment sector by providing support to the Government of Bangladesh to enhance capacity of the enforcing and implementing agencies. You can download the fact sheet of the project below.

  3. Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector

    22 October 2013 - 31 December 2016

    Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector Programme In Bangladesh is an initiative of the Government of Bangladesh, implemented by International Labour Organization and funded by Canada, the Netherlands and the UK. The three-and-a-half year initiative focuses on improving RMG factory building safety, workers’ rights and overall working conditions in Bangladesh.

  4. Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) Project - Phase 2

    3 January 2011 - 31 December 2016

    The Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) programme is a global technical assistance programme developed by the ILO to support small and medium sized enterprises’ (SMEs) development and create decent work. The SCORE programme aims to solve problems faced by SMEs through a short-term training for managers and employees, along with on-site expert consultations and guidance.

  5. IPA 2010 on Human Resources Development programme

    1 January 2012 - 31 January 2015

    A €3 million project has started in Albania to support labour market institutions to improve their efficiency in increasing the employability of the Albanian labour force in line with the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) international labour standards and the principles and guidelines of the European Union (EU).

  6. Occupational Safety and Health in Hazardous Work in Viet Nam

    1 January 2012 - 31 December 2014

    This project aims to address occupational safety and health (OSH) in hazardous industries in Viet Nam, strengthen national OSH systems in line with the on-going national OSH programmes, and improve OSH standards at workplace level.

  7. Improving occupational safety and health systems in Central Asia

    1 January 2007 - 31 December 2012

    The project adddresses the urgent need for international support to the Central Asian countries in the endeavour to reinforce the national systems and programmes on occupational safety and health (OSH), particularly in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. This support is needed to systematically improve the working conditions and environment.

  8. Improving safety and health at work through a Decent Work Agenda

    1 January 2010 - 31 December 2012

    The project was developed by the ILO and the European Commission to better address safety and health at work as a vital component of decent work. It will be implemented over two and a half years between 2010 and 2012 in five pilot countries. The overall goal of the project is to contribute to a more inclusive and productive society through a reduction in occupational accidents and work-related diseases.

  9. ILO Programme on Occupational Safety and Health and the Environment in the Caribbean

    3 January 2011 - 29 February 2012

    The Programme to support governments as well as employers' and workers' organizations in their efforts to improve OSH at the enterprise and national levels and to contribute to environmental sustainability of Small Island Developing States.

  10. Linking safety and health at work to sustainable economic development

    1 December 2009 - 31 December 2011

    The focus of the project will be on developing global products to support national and local level actions to help prevent human suffering, exclusion from the labour market, and economic costs to employers and governments. Guided by the provisions of C.187 and priorities identified by constituents in the Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs) framework and country priority outcomes, the project will support efforts in creating a preventive safety and health culture and a systems approach to occupational safety and health (OSH). This takes on added importance in the present global crisis, which could undermine any efforts in the OSH field.