News, articles and statements on occupational safety and health

March 2015

  1. Turkey ratifies the Safety and Health in Construction Convention, 1988 (No. 167) and the Safety and Health in Mines Convention, 1995 (No. 176)

    24 March 2015

    Turkey is the thirtieth and twenty-seventh ILO member State to have ratified, respectively, Convention No. 176 and Convention No.167, which aim to improve the safety and health of millions of mine and construction workers worldwide.

December 2014

  1. 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.

October 2014

  1. 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

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.

June 2014

  1. Uruguay ratifies the Safety and Health in Mines Convention, 1995 (No. 176)

    05 June 2014

    Uruguay has ratified 15 occupational safety and health Conventions

April 2014

  1. Albania ratifies the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187) and the Safety and Health in Construction Convention, 1988 (No. 167)

    24 April 2014

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    ILO: Rana Plaza is an opportunity to change how global supply chains operate

    24 April 2014

    ILO Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships Gilbert Houngbo says that the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh which killed over 1,100 garment workers in April 2013 can be a catalyst for change.

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    Working conditions in Bangladesh: challenges and opportunities

    23 April 2014

    On the 28th April, the ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities will organise a panel discussion, to pay tribute to the memory of the victims of Rana Plaza. Discussions focus on the role of ILO and its constituents in the prevention of such tragedies. Below are some views of the attending participants’ to this panel about the current challenges to improve health and safety at workplace in Bangladesh.

  4. New measures to protect seafarers

    11 April 2014

    The international maritime community has adopted measures to protect abandoned seafarers, and to provide financial security for compensation in cases of death and long-term disability.

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    Ryder: Rana Plaza legacy must be improved working conditions globally

    03 April 2014

    The ILO Director-General highlights the human cost of poor working conditions and calls for action to ensure the Rana Plaza tragedy is not repeated.

March 2014

  1. Viet Nam ratifies ILO Convention, showing strong commitment to work safety

    12 March 2014

    The Convention on Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health, known as Convention 187, is expected to help the country with its work safety laws and international trade negotiations.

February 2014

  1. Slovenia ratifies the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187) and the Night Work Convention, 1990 (No. 171)

    12 February 2014

January 2014

  1. Finland ratifies the Chemicals Convention, 1990 (No. 170)

    22 January 2014

    The Government of Finland deposited the instrument of ratification of the Chemicals Convention, 1990 (No. 170) with the International Labour Office, thereby becoming the 18th member State to ratify the Convention.

September 2013

  1. ILO, partners aim to improve conditions in Bangladeshi garment industry

    23 September 2013

    In New York, the ILO has signed new agreements with the Netherlands and the UK to respond to recent accidents in Bangladesh.

June 2013

  1. South Africa ratifies four international labour Conventions

    21 June 2013

    The Government of the Republic of South Africa deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of four international labour Conventions, the Labour Inspection Convention, 1947 (No.81), the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006), the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188), and the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189).

May 2013

  1. European Commission and European Parliament support ILO activities in Bangladesh

    31 May 2013

    EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, in an address to the European Parliament (EP), welcomed ILO activities in Bangladesh and underlined the importance of international labour standards and the value of ILO-EC cooperation in the field of improving occupational safety and health worldwide.

March 2013

  1. It’s time to improve work safety

    15 March 2013

    Viet Nam is lagging behind many other countries, including most of its neighbours, in occupational safety and health, said Vice Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Bui Hong Linh. According to the ministry, 606 workers died in work-related accidents last year in Viet Nam, almost 10 per cent increase against 2011.

September 2012

  1. Pakistani factory fire highlights lack of workplace safety measures, says ILO

    12 September 2012

    More needs to be done to protect workers’ safety and health, the ILO says, as Pakistan mourns the deaths of hundreds of workers in a garment factory fire in Karachi.

August 2012

  1. South Africa could do more for miners, says ILO mining specialist

    24 August 2012

    The killings of more than 30 workers in the Marikana platinum mine have put the spotlight on working conditions in South Africa’s mining industry.

June 2012

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

    11 June 2012

    The Government of Singapore deposited the instrument of ratification for the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187) with the International Labour Office on 11 June 2012. Singapore is the 23rd member State to ratify the Convention.