News, articles and statements on occupational safety and health

September 2017

  1. Global action needed to tackle rising work-related injuries and diseases, ILO says

    07 September 2017

    Work-related fatal injuries and diseases have increased from 2.3 million to 2.78 million per year according to new data issued at the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work held in Singapore. ILO launched a call for concerted global action to address new and emerging occupational safety and health challenges.

  2. Keynote address to the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

    04 September 2017

    Delivered by Ms Nancy Leppink, Chief of the Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch, International Labour Organization, Switzerland

  3. ILO head calls for global coalition on safety and health at work

    04 September 2017

    2.78 million workers continue to die each year from work-related injuries and illnesses - 2.4 million of these deaths can be attributed to work-related diseases alone.

August 2017

  1. © Caia Image / Science Photo Lib 2017

    New Global Estimates on Workplace Injury and Illness and Emerging OSH Challenges to be presented

    29 August 2017

July 2017

  1. Workers pick up safety quiz prizes

    25 July 2017

    A prize giving ceremony has marked the end of ‘Safe Workplaces, Go ahead Bangladesh’ radio campaign. The campaign raised awareness of basic occupational safety and health (OSH) issues and their prevention in the Bangladesh RMG sector.

June 2017

  1. Belgium has ratified the Invalidity, Old-Age and Survivors’ Benefits Convention, 1967 (No. 128), the Chemicals Convention, 1990 (No. 170), and the Working Conditions (Hotels and Restaurants) Convention, 1991 (No. 172)

    14 June 2017

  2. Netherlands ratifies three important Conventions concerning Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)

    08 June 2017

  3. ILO launches media competition and Youth4OSH project in the Philippines

    05 June 2017

    To build a safety and health culture among young Filipino workers, the ILO launches the Youth4OSH Project and invites young people to join the SafeYouth@Work Media Competition. Winning entries for photo, film, song, story, poster/drawing and the unique Surprise Us category will get the chance to travel to Singapore in September 2017 and to present their winning piece due on 30 June 2017.

April 2017

  1. How data can protect workers’ health and lives

    28 April 2017

    This year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work focuses on the critical need for countries to improve their capacity to collect and utilize reliable occupational safety and health data. Dr Francisco Santos-O'Connor (ILO Senior Specialist in Occupational Safety and Health – OSH for Asia) explains the importance of optimizing the collection and use of these data.

  2. © Jesse A. Lora / NAVFAC 2017

    "Accurate data will help to save lives"

    28 April 2017

    "Countries that have good data will be better placed to fulfil their commitment to implement and report on the global plan of action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," says ILO Director-General on World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28th April.

  3. World Safe Day 2017: new and innovative partnership launched in Brazil

    25 April 2017

  4. ILO: Health and Safety of Workers to Be Firmly Embedded in Sustainable Development Agenda

    11 April 2017

    “The International Labour Organization seeks to create worldwide awareness of the dimensions and consequences of work-related injuries and diseases, to ensure that the health and safety of all workers is firmly embedded in the sustainable development agenda, and to support sustainable action on OSH at all levels,” said Nancy Leppink, Chief, Labour Administration, Labour Inspection, and Occupational Safety and Health Branch of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  5. Participants of All-Russia OSH Week Discuss International Labour Inspection and OSH Challenges and Solutions

    10 April 2017

    Day one of the All-Russia OSH Week-2017 featured a conference of the Regional Alliance of Labour Inspections (RALI) of CIS and Mongolia. The participants discussed their countries' best practices of state supervision and control, including those in the OSH sphere.

February 2017

  1. Stopping the sparks flying boosts factory safety in Bangladesh

    06 February 2017

    Electrical faults are the leading cause of fires in the Bangladesh garment industry. ILO with the support of the US Department of Labor has helped build capacity of fire inspectors to spot electrical risks.

September 2016

  1. © Ramany / NurPhoto/afp 2017

    Statement by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General, in response to Tampaco Foils Limited fire in Bangladesh

    12 September 2016

    "The ILO is ready to further support Bangladesh’s efforts to ensure the safety of its workers," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

June 2016

  1. Belgium ratifies the Safety and Health in Construction Convention, 1988 (No. 167), and the Part-Time Work Convention, 1994 (No. 175)

    08 June 2016

May 2016

  1. ILO and IOM ink agreement to strengthen collaboration

    25 May 2016

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) have agreed to strengthen their collaboration in Bangladesh around activities of common interest, in particular safe and skilled migration.

  2. © Brilanta Kadillari / ILO 2017

    On the road to safer and healthier workplaces

    24 May 2016

    A structured Policy Document and Action Plan has been developed with the technical assistance of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to promote safety and health at work in Albania.

  3. Bangladesh, ILO and Switzerland launch new initiative to support decent work for migrant workers

    03 May 2016

April 2016

  1. © infradept 2017

    'Workplace stress: It’s time to lift the burden'

    28 April 2016

    "Work-related stress affects workers in all professions in developed and developing countries alike. It can gravely harm not only workers’ health but also, and all too often, the wellbeing of their families," says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.