News, articles and statements on occupational safety and health

June 2015

  1. Viet Nam enters a new phase in occupational safety and health

    25 June 2015

    Viet Nam’s new Law on Occupational Safety and Health has been given a green light, marking a significant milestone by extending the protection and preventive efforts to the informal economy

  2. ILO and EU-Presidency join forces to improve working conditions in small enterprises

    10 June 2015

    Informal meeting of Ministers of Labour and Social Affairs alongside the 104th International Labour Conference agree on renewed efforts to improve working conditions in small and micro enterprises.

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    Rana Plaza victims’ compensation scheme secures funds needed to make final payments

    08 June 2015

    ILO Director-General encouraged by milestone but says more work remains to be done.

May 2015

  1. Code of Conduct gives Viet Nam hope to address workplace sexual harassment, protecting workers and benefiting business

    25 May 2015

    A new Code of Conduct developed with ILO support is expected to help the Government, employers and workers in Viet Nam identify sexual harassment in the workplace, prevent and address it through practical guidance which is missing in the laws.

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    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder expresses great sadness over Philippines shoe factory deaths, calls for stronger health and safety measures

    14 May 2015

April 2015

  1. World OSH Day Celebrated in Turkey for the First Time

    28 April 2015

    The ILO has been recognizing the World OSH Day as both a day for commemoration and celebration since 2003 and this day is celebrated this year in Turkey for the first time with a focus on the crucial role of the National OSH Council.

  2. ILO Director-General: Building a culture of prevention on occupational safety and health

    28 April 2015

  3. Factory inspector, a challenging but honourable job

    22 April 2015

    Since the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse there has been a sustained effort to enhance the capacity and efficiency of the Labour Inspectorate. ILO is supporting this process through its Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector Programme funded by Canada, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Amongst the newly recruited inspectors trained by ILO is 27-year-old Farzana Islam.

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    Rebuilding life after Rana Plaza: Stories of survivors

    20 April 2015

    Two years after the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh, the ILO has helped many survivors get back on their feet and back to work, two of whom have opened their own successful businesses and are thinking big for the future.

  5. ILO: 'Building a culture of prevention on OSH is a joint commitment by governments, workers and employers'

    14 April 2015

    ILO Deputy Director-General for Policy Sandra Polaski attended the first All-Russian OSH Week, where she highlighted the need to ensure safe and healthy workplaces worldwide.

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.

January 2015

  1. Better employment services and improved vocational education

    22 January 2015

    The Delegation of the European Union to Albania and the International Labour Organization (ILO), in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, presented results a three-year Human Resources Development project on 15 January 2015 in Tirana.

December 2014

  1. What can the fight against HIV teach us about Ebola?

    19 December 2014

    Margherita Licata and Kofi Amekudzi, Technical Specialists ILOAIDS, discuss the successes of ILO's work to combat HIV in the workplace for lessons that could be applied in containing other diseases such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

  2. The gender dimension: Integrating the gender perspective in OSH policies

    15 December 2014

    The increasing proportion of women in the workforce raises a range of gender-related questions about the different effects of work-related risks on men and women. If health promotion policies in the field of occupational safety and health (OSH) are to be effective for both women and men, they must be based on more accurate information about the relationship between health and gender roles.

  3. 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.

November 2014

  1. Finland joins ILO occupational safety and health programme

    27 November 2014

    ILO Director-General Guy Ryder welcomes Finland’s support as a founding member for its new global OSH initiative.

  2. Workplace injury insurance must be part of the Rana Plaza legacy

    14 November 2014

    By Gilbert Houngbo, ILO Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships

  3. Statement of the Officers of the Governing Body of the ILO concerning the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease

    13 November 2014

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    Cambodia takes first crucial step towards protecting entertainment workers

    10 November 2014

    New ground-breaking regulation for entertainment workers in Cambodia marks the first attempt in the region to reduce widespread stigma and discrimination in the sector.

  5. The Philippines builds back better, greener, stronger

    07 November 2014

    Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, in what was reportedly the country’s worst-ever natural disaster. More than 8,000 people lost their lives and over 14 million inhabitants, including 5.9 million workers, were affected. ILO emergency employment programmes were in place by December in the areas that were hardest hit. Special multimedia report from the Philippines a year after the storm.