News, articles and statements on occupational safety and health

April 2008

  1. World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2008 - “Superman has fallen”: Managing risk in the work environment

    24 April 2008

    Each year, an estimated 2.2 million people die from work-related accidents and diseases around the world, according to the ILO which says that work related deaths appear to be on the rise. But risks can be eliminated or minimized at source, says a new ILO report published for World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April. ILO Online reports from the Republic of Korea where the country’s occupational safety and health agency KOSHA launched a number of initiatives to prevent accidents at work.

  2. ILO and US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health agree to cooperate on expanding safety and health at work

    23 April 2008

    The Programme on Safety and Health at Work and the Environment (SafeWork) of the International Labour Office (ILO) and the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) today signed an agreement aimed at expanding safety and health in the workplace.

  3. 28 April 2008: World Day for Safety and Health at Work ─ Worldwide events to mobilize workers, employers and governments on managing risks at work

    23 April 2008

    The world of work is to mark the World Day for Safety and Health at Work this year on 28 April, amid a new call by the International Labour Office (ILO) for managing risks in the work environment to reduce both the human and the economic burdens of work-related accidents and ill health.

  4. Luxembourg ratifies 20 ILO Instruments including 15 in the field of occupational safety and health

    08 April 2008

    The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has ratified 20 Instruments of the International Labour Organization – 18 conventions and 2 protocols, most of which are related to occupational safety and health. A combined ratification of such magnitude is relatively rare in the history of the ILO. As a result, Luxembourg has now ratified a hundred ILO Instruments.

March 2008

  1. ILO Convention No. 187 on occupational safety and health to come into force following ratification by the Republic of Korea

    13 March 2008

    The Republic of Korea has recently ratified a new ILO Convention, the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health, Convention No. 187. This ratification will bring this important international labour standard designed to promote a “preventive safety and health culture” into force in the next 12 months.

April 2007

  1. Statement by Mr. Juan Somavia, on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work (28 April 2007)

    28 April 2007

April 2006

  1. Chernobyl 20 years after: From disaster, breeding a new safety culture

    26 April 2006

    When the Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine exploded on the night of 26 April 1986, workers bore the full brunt of the blast, many losing their health, homes, jobs and even their lives. Since then, significant progress has been made in the development of safety and health at work, but the last chapter of the world's worst civilian nuclear disaster has yet to be written, says ILO SafeWork specialist Shengli Niu in an interview with ILO Online.

September 2005

  1. Poor workplace nutrition hits workers' health and productivity, says new ILO report

    15 September 2005

    Poor diet on the job is costing countries around the world up to 20 per cent in lost productivity, either due to malnutrition that plagues some one billion people in developing countries or the excess weight and obesity afflicting an equal number mostly in industrialized economies, says a new study by the International Labour Office (ILO).

April 2005

  1. ILO/WHO to develop joint guidelines on health services and HIV/AIDS

    19 April 2005

    Representatives of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will join forces in Geneva on 19-21 April for a tripartite meeting of experts to develop new guidelines to protect the safety of health workers involved in the worldwide struggle against HIV/AIDS.