News, articles and statements on occupational safety and health

April 2016

  1. © infradept 2017

    Why workplace stress is a collective challenge and what to do about it

    27 April 2016

    As the world marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work, Valentina Forastieri Senior Specialist, Occupational Health, Health Promotion and Well-being for the ILO, outlines the findings of the latest research on the impact of stress in the workplace.

  2. Ergonomics in China: Tackling workplace stress

    26 April 2016

    The ILO works with unions and the government in China to reduce the impact of stress and poor ergonomics on workers.

  3. ILO calls for strengthened investment in workers’ safety and health

    20 April 2016

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) highlights the need to scale up prevention to ensure a safe and healthy workplace and fight the HIV epidemic.

March 2016

  1. © M. Crozet / ILO 2017

    ILO Conventions on Safety and Health in Construction and Mining enter into force for Turkey

    24 March 2016

    As part of the efforts to improve safety and health in the hazardous sectors of mining and construction, the Government is now bound to apply the Safety and Health in Construction Convention, 1988 (No. 167) and the Safety and Health in Mining Convention, 1995 (No. 176). The value added of these ILO Conventions include requirements to develop a coherent national policy on safety and health in mining, and to articulate more clearly and implement more effectively the rights and duties of employers and workers and their representatives in both these sectors.

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

    23 March 2016

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

November 2015

  1. Preparation of the next edition of the ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses

    18 November 2015

    The Labour Inspection, Labour Administration and Occupational Safety and Health Branch (LABADMIN/OSH) of the ILO and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), housed in the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are cooperating in the preparation of new ILO digitally acquired standard images for the next edition of the ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses.

  2. Belgium ratifies the Safety and Health in Agriculture Convention, 2001 (No. 184)

    10 November 2015

  3. Safety inspections for targeted Bangladesh export-oriented RMG factories complete

    09 November 2015

    The Government of Bangladesh has completed the inspection phase of its efforts to assess exporting ready-made garment (RMG) factories for structural, fire and electrical safety with emphasis now switching to remediation.

October 2015

  1. © Maria Fleischmann / World Bank 2017

    Economic and Social Councils adopt declaration to promote workplace compliance

    30 October 2015

    An international meeting in The Hague on workplace compliance concludes with a course of action for national social dialogue institutions.

  2. Boosting Workplace Compliance through Social Dialogue

    27 October 2015

    Compliance goes beyond simply implementing the law at the workplace, yet this is a concept that often fails to trickle down the supply chain. Youcef Ghellab, Head of the ILO’s Social Dialogue and Tripartism Unit, explains what can be done to move this key issue forward.

  3. ILO welcomes G7 steps to foster fair production in global supply chains

    13 October 2015

    Work related accidents and disease cost the world up to 4 per cent of GDP. The G7 moves forward in addressing the root causes in global supply chains.

  4. ILO Director-General Guy Ryder’s Remarks at G7 Employment and Development Ministers’ Meeting

    12 October 2015

    Roundtable 2: Taking on shared responsibility: Vision Zero Fund and capacity development for producing countries

  5. ILO, Germany and Bangladesh sign agreement to jointly develop Employment Injury Insurance (EII) Scheme

    06 October 2015

    The International Labour Organization (ILO), Germany and the Government of Bangladesh will collaborate in the development of an Employment Injury Insurance (EII) Scheme for Bangladesh.

September 2015

  1. Garment worker’s rights and voice in Bangladesh given boost

    26 September 2015

    Sweden, Bangladesh and the ILO have committed to improve dialogue and protect rights in the ready-made garment sector.

August 2015

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

    31 August 2015

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

  2. Decent work must be safe work

    14 August 2015

    Statement of Tim De Meyer, Director of ILO Country Office for China and Mongolia on the explosions in China's Tianjin port area

  3. Ergonomic checkpoints in agriculture (second edition) now also available in Chinese

    13 August 2015

    Approximately 100 of the illustrations accompanying the checkpoints were improved and revised in this second edition of the manual. The first edition was published in 2012 and it was well received by the ergonomic and occupational safety and health (OSH) practitioners and professional bodies around the world. Certain users recommended improving the illustrations so that they reflect the best available ergonomic techniques and practice globally, rather than in a few project countries. ILO specialists and external experts reviewed and commented on the illustrations.

July 2015

  1. Tightening bolts and strengthening safety

    31 July 2015

    In the jungles of Papua, Indonesia, an ILO-supported programme has helped construction workers and employers understand why safety is important, and how they can make simple, practical changes.

  2. ILO and the Netherlands sign agreement to strengthen labour inspection systems in Pakistan

    02 July 2015

    The partnership will strengthen institutional mechanisms for effective labour inspection; enhance human resource capacities in the country to enforce the law on labour inspections and partner with the private sector to promote international labour standards and ensure their compliance by enterprises.

  3. © WHO /Winnie Romeril 2017

    Ebola: How decent work in the health sector saves lives of health personnel

    01 July 2015

    International labour standards and tools, if correctly applied, are very effective in protecting frontline health workers treating patients with potentially deadly infectious diseases, such as Ebola, says Christiane Wiskow, Senior Health Sector Specialist at the International Labour Organization (ILO).