News, articles and statements on occupational safety and health

December 2014

  1. What can the fight against HIV teach us about Ebola?

    19 December 2014

    Margherita Licata and Kofi Amekudzi, Technical Specialists ILOAIDS, discuss the successes of ILO's work to combat HIV in the workplace for lessons that could be applied in containing other diseases such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

  2. The gender dimension: Integrating the gender perspective in OSH policies

    15 December 2014

    The increasing proportion of women in the workforce raises a range of gender-related questions about the different effects of work-related risks on men and women. If health promotion policies in the field of occupational safety and health (OSH) are to be effective for both women and men, they must be based on more accurate information about the relationship between health and gender roles.

  3. Minya Quarries: Protecting the workers through information

    04 December 2014

    Thousands of workers live in extreme conditions in Egypt’s stone quarries. The ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ILO-ACTRAV) recently provided technical support for education and awareness-raising among the stone quarry workers of Minya on the occupational health and safety risks in their mines.

November 2014

  1. Finland joins ILO occupational safety and health programme

    27 November 2014

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder welcomes Finland’s support as a founding member for its new global OSH initiative.

  2. Workplace injury insurance must be part of the Rana Plaza legacy

    14 November 2014

    By Gilbert Houngbo, ILO Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships

  3. Statement of the Officers of the Governing Body of the ILO concerning the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease

    13 November 2014

  4. © Peter Caton 2014

    Cambodia takes first crucial step towards protecting entertainment workers

    10 November 2014

    New ground-breaking regulation for entertainment workers in Cambodia marks the first attempt in the region to reduce widespread stigma and discrimination in the sector.

October 2014

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    Mental ill-health at the workplace: Don’t let stigma be our guide

    31 October 2014

    Providing support, rather than excluding them from the workplace and keeping them on lifelong benefits, is the best way to help workers experiencing mental disorders.

  2. France ratifies the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187)

    29 October 2014

    Convention No. 187 is one of the ILO’s essential instruments in safety and health at the workplace

  3. New safety and health guidelines to protect seafarers

    22 October 2014

    Maritime occupational safety and health experts agree on guidelines to bolster the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006.

  4. © Syed Zakir Hossain 2014

    Progress on labour rights and factory safety in Bangladesh, but ILO calls for further improvements

    20 October 2014

    The Government of Bangladesh has made important progress to ensure labour rights and factory safety in the ready-made garment and knitwear industry in Bangladesh, but a lot of work still remains to be done.

  5. Sandra Polaski: "important improvements still required in many areas"

    20 October 2014

    At an ILO-EU stocktaking meeting on the Sustainability Compact for Bangladesh, ILO Deputy Director-General Sandra Polaski said that despite important progress made in terms of labour conditions, a lot of work still remains to be done.

  6. Government, workers' and employers' representatives agreed on the main elements of a roadmap on OSH in mines

    17 October 2014

    The Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MoLSS), International Labour Organization (ILO), social partners and other relevant stakeholders discussed how risk assessments, compliance with national legislation, labour inspection and the social partners can contribute to increased safety and health in mines in a national tripartite meeting held in Ankara.

  7. ILO, EU, Bangladesh and US to take stock of achievements in Bangladesh

    16 October 2014

    The European Commission, the ILO and the Governments of Bangladesh and the US hold a high-level meeting to take stock of progress made in terms of labour conditions in Bangladesh.

  8. Unions call for more emphasis on preventing workplace accidents and diseases

    08 October 2014

    A symposium of union participants and ILO experts in Jakarta says preventative culture must become a priority.

September 2014

  1. ILO: Good safety is good business

    23 September 2014

    ILO Deputy Director-General, Gilbert Houngbo says being able to earn a living in safe and healthy workplaces is a basic human right that needs to be ensured and is a win-win for workers and businesses, at the 7th China International Forum on Work Safety in Beijing.

  2. ILO Deputy Director-General's address to the International Forum on Work Safety

    23 September 2014

  3. ILO Director-General welcomes G20's ambitious commitments to promote decent jobs

    11 September 2014

    Guy Ryder has welcomed commitments made by the G20 Ministers to tackle the global jobs crisis with a package of measures to support the creation of decent jobs that can lift working families out of poverty and drive sustainable development.

  4. © Issouf Sanogo / AFP 2014

    Ebola outbreak: How we’re keeping workers safe

    01 September 2014

    Healthcare workers infected with the Ebola virus in Western Africa underscore the risks posed by all workers who come in contact with the disease. Dennis Zulu, Chief Program Officer, ILO Office for Nigeria, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone underlines the importance of equipping those workers with the knowledge and equipment they need to stay safe.

August 2014

  1. ILO Director-General: "Work claims more victims than war"

    26 August 2014

    Guy Ryder announces ILO to renew efforts to get compliance for health and safety standards at work around the globe.