News, articles and statements on occupational safety and health

June 2011

  1. ILO hosts OSHE training workshop for OECS labour inspectors

    21 June 2011

    The Workshop is one of the activities of the ILO's Programme on Occupational Safety and Health and Environment (OSHE) in the Caribbean which was initiated in January 2011.

  2. Monitoring hazardous child labour in Tajikistan

    10 June 2011

    Labour inspectors often find it difficult to reach out to informal economy workplaces where hazardous child labour occurs most frequently. According to this year’s ILO report for World Day Against Child Labour, child labour monitoring (CLM) systems are a powerful means to support labour inspectorates.

  3. World Day Against Child Labour 2011 – ILO calls for urgent action against hazardous forms of child labour

    10 June 2011

    In a new report issued for World Day Against Child Labour, the International Labour Organization (ILO) warns that a staggeringly high number of children are still caught in hazardous work – some 115 million of the world’s 215 million child labourers – and calls for urgent action to halt the practice.

May 2011

  1. From child labourer to child advocate: How Rodel succeeded in leaving the mineshaft

    26 May 2011

    More than half (53 per cent) of the 215 million child labourers worldwide do hazardous work. While their number is increasing among older children, aged 15-17, progress is being made for younger children, aged 5-14, says the latest ILO report on child labour “Children in Hazardous Work”. Some of them succeed in leaving the dark tunnel of a mineshaft or other dangerous workplaces, as the example of Rodel from the Philippines shows.

  2. Questions and answers on Children in hazardous work

    10 May 2011

    The 2011 World Day Against Child Labour will provide a global spotlight on hazardous child labour. The ILO’s most recent global estimate is that 115 million children are involved in hazardous work. This is work that by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm children’s health, safety or morals.

April 2011

  1. The declaration of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) on the occasion of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    28 April 2011

    ICOH renews its call for joint actions for developing occupational health and safety programmes meeting the changing needs at the workplace in globalizing economy. ICOH expresses warm congratulations on the 92nd Anniversary of the ILO and its leadership role in the improvement of conditions of work and social justice throughout the world.

  2. 28 April:World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

    28 April 2011

    On 28 April at ILO headquarters in Geneva, the Bureau for Workers’ Activities held a ceremony to commemorate workers killed and injured at work.

  3. ILO training keeps Fiji green and clean

    28 April 2011

    April 28th is observed globally as World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Waste collectors in Fiji have reason to celebrate this day, because, thanks to a new ILO programme combining ‘green’ environmental support measures with occupational safety and health (OSH) practices, they are enjoying better, safer and greener working conditions. By Surfaka Katafono, National Programme Officer, ILO Country Office for Pacific Island Countries.

  4. Chile ratifies ILO Convention 187 on the promotional framework for Occupational Safety and Health

    27 April 2011

    The Government of Chile has delivered to the International Labour Organization the instrument of ratification of ILO Convention No. 187 concerning the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health.

  5. Message by Juan Somavia on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    26 April 2011

    On this Day we recall that every year around 337 million people are victims of work accidents and more than 2.3 million people die because of occupational injuries or work-related diseases.

  6. World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2011 - Worldwide events to focus on safety and health management systems for prevention and control of risks at work

    26 April 2011

    Events will be held around the world to mark the annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work this year, amid a renewed effort by the International Labour Office (ILO) to emphasize the value of occupational safety and health management systems for continually improving prevention and control of risks at work.

  7. World Day for Safety and Health at Work - OSH Management system: A tool for continual improvement

    26 April 2011

    Each year, governments, employers and workers mark the World Day for Safety and Health. This year’s theme for the day is “Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Management System: A tool for continual improvement”. Improvement is in fact needed: according to ILO data, an estimated 337 million workplace accidents and 2.3 million deaths occur per year, or some 6,300 deaths every day. ILO Online examines how OSH management systems can make a difference.

  8. Safety risks and discrimination pose serious threats to maternity in the workplace

    15 April 2011

    Women continue to face dismissal and discrimination in hiring on the basis of maternity, while some workplace environments pose hazards to reproductive health.

March 2011

  1. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and International Women’s Day: 100 years on

    08 March 2011

    The first International Women’s Day commemorated a demonstration by women workers in New York in 1857. But what established the modern celebration of International Women’s Day in history, was the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York on 25 March 1911 that killed 146 young women workers, most of whom were immigrants. From the ashes of that tragic event, the pursuit of social justice for women and men ignited that day continues be felt around the world 100 years on. From New York, ILO On-line reports on the fire that changed everything.

February 2011

  1. “Any fool can stuff a container?”: ILO to discuss safety in growing container industry

    14 February 2011

    The container shipping market represents about 16 per cent of the world’s goods loaded in tonnes. With its growing market share, the risk of accidents also increases, says a report prepared for an ILO Global Dialogue Forum on Safety in the Supply Chain in Relation to Packing of Containers, to be held in Geneva on 21-22 February 2011. The meeting will try to find a common approach throughout the supply chain to ensure the application of the appropriate standards for packing containers.

December 2010

  1. ILO and EU to launch new project on improving safety and health at work

    02 December 2010

    Responding to a pressing need to improve the safety and health of workers, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European Union are launching a new project aimed at reducing occupational accidents and diseases in six countries in Eastern Europe (Ukraine and Moldova), Africa (Zambia and Malawi) and Central America (Honduras and Nicaragua).

October 2010

  1. Experts adopt new ILO Code of Practice on safety and health in agriculture

    29 October 2010

    Experts representing workers, employers and governments, meeting at the International Labour Organization (ILO), have adopted a new draft Code of Practice on Safety and Health in Agriculture designed to improve working conditions in agriculture which employs some one billion workers worldwide.

  2. ILO Director-General celebrates rescue operation of trapped Chilean miners

    13 October 2010

    The Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Juan Somavia, has expressed his deep emotion over the rescue operation to free the 33 miners trapped underground for more than two months in a mine in northern Chile.

  3. ILO Director-General Juan Somavia expresses his emotion over the rescue operation of Chilean miners

    13 October 2010

    The Director-General of ILO, Juan Somavia, has issued a statement expressing his emotion over the rescue operation to free the 33 miners that have been trapped underground for more than two months in the San José mine, in Chile.

April 2010

  1. Message by Juan Somavia Director-General of the International Labour Office on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    28 April 2010