Safety and health at work

Every day, people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases – more than 2.78 million deaths per year. Additionally, there are some 374 million non-fatal work-related injuries each year, resulting in more than 4 days of absences from work. The human cost of this daily adversity is vast and the economic burden of poor occupational safety and health practices is estimated at 3.94 per cent of global Gross Domestic Product each year.

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  1. 20-23 September 2021

    XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work


    Co-organized by the ILO, the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA), the XXII World Congress will embrace the theme of ‘Prevention in the Connected Age: global solutions to achieve safe and healthy work for all’.


  1. Deadline for application: 16 October 2021

    Workshop on Management of Occupational Safety and Health in International Organizations

    22 - 26 November 2021

  2. Deadline for application: 02 October 2021

    Workshop on ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses

    8 - 12 November 2021

  3. Fecha limite para la inscripción: 29 Julio 2021

    La prevención de las enfermedades laborales (course in Spanish)

    13 - 24 September 2021

Video statements

  1. Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General

  2. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO

  3. Marty Walsh, United States Secretary of Labor

  4. Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour for Canada

  5. Prof. Dr. Vedat Bilgin, Minister of Labour and Social Security for Turkey