Occupational Safety and Health in Asia and the Pacific

The ILO works to foster a preventative safety and health culture by strengthening national occupational safety and health (OSH) systems. This includes labour inspections, occupational injury reporting, training, and national OSH campaigns and programmes.

Every year more than 1.1 million people die from occupational accidents or work-related diseases in Asia and the Pacific. The poorest, least protected, least informed and least trained are the most affected. Women, children, disabled workers, migrant workers, and ethnic minorities are often involved.

Occupational accidents and diseases have an impact not only on the lives of individual workers, but also on the productivity and profitability of their enterprises and ultimately on the welfare of the whole society. Governments, workers and employers in Asia and the Pacific are increasing their efforts to prevent accidents and diseases at the workplace. The ILO works with them to strengthen national occupational safety and health (OSH) systems, including labour inspections, occupational injury reporting, training and information, and national OSH campaigns.

The ILO also assists countries with developing and implementing their strategic National OSH Programmes, to create a preventative safety and health culture and reach more workers, including migrants and those in the informal economy. The ILO also works together with the government, workers’ and employers’ organizations to promote research, information dissemination, and practical training activities.

If work is to be decent, it must be safe. Improving safety and health at work continues to be a key element in realizing the goals of the Asian Decent Work Decade.

National OSH programmes, profiles and policy documents

Training programmes and materials

Prevention and Control of Pandemic influenza

ILO key OSH instruments and materials

Other OSH information materials and documents


For further information please contact:

Ms Ingrid Christensen
Senior Specialist on Occupational Safety and Health
10th floor, United Nations Building, Rajdanmern Nok Avenue
Bangkok 10200
Tel: + 662 288 1743
Fax: + 662 288 3058