News, articles and statements on occupational safety and 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

March 2010

  1. ILO Governing Body adopts Plan of Action to achieve widespread ratification and effective implementation of OSH instruments

    25 March 2010

    The ILO Governing Body adopted at its 307th Session (March 2010) a Plan of Action (2010-2016) for achieving the widespread ratification and effective implementation of the three OSH instruments (Convention No. 155, its 2002 Protocol and Convention No. 187). This Plan of Action builds on the 2003 Global Strategy on OSH, the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187),and the 2009 General Survey on Occupational Safety and Health.

  2. ILO Governing Body approves new list of occupational diseases

    25 March 2010

    The Governing Body of the International Labour Office (ILO) approved a new list of occupational diseases at its meeting on 25 March 2010. Designed to assist countries in the prevention, recording, notification and, if applicable, compensation of diseases caused by work, this new list replaces the one in the Annex to the Recommendation concerning the List of Occupational Diseases and the Recording and Notification of Occupational Accidents and Diseases (No. 194) which was adopted in 2002.

April 2009

  1. Message by Mr. Juan Somavia, on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work (28 April 2009)

    28 April 2009

November 2008

  1. Proper ship breaking: a test for globalization and decent work

    03 November 2008

    The last voyage of the ship "Otapan" to a Turkish ship breaking yard last July was a victory for "pre-cleaning" advocates of reducing the human and environmental dangers inherent in ship dismantling and recycling. But does it also lead to decent working practices? Last week, experts from the ILO, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the Basel Convention met to discuss measures to promote guidelines that would make ship breaking not only clean but "green". Questions and answers with a ship breaking expert from the ILO Sectoral Activities Branch.

April 2008

  1. Message by Mr. Juan Somavia on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work (28 April 2008)

    28 April 2008

  2. 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 2008

    28 April 2008

    Labour is not a commodity and markets must serve people. Nearly 90 years ago the protection of workers’ lives and health was set out as a key objective in the founding charter of the Organization. Today, rapid technological change and a fast-paced and globalized economy bring new challenges and pressures for all areas of the world of work. Safety and health remain integral elements of the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.