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.

The ILO aims to create worldwide awareness of the dimensions and consequences of work-related accidents, injuries and diseases and to place the health and safety of all workers on the international agenda to stimulate and support practical action at all levels.

Decent work is safe work.
  • e-labadminOSH 2019: USB Card

    Everything you want to know about occupational safety and health, as well as labour administration and labour inspection, in two clicks, with intuitive navigation and an user-friendly trilingual interface.

  • World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2019

    Safety and health and the future of work

    Inspired by the ILO centenary anniversary and discussions on the future of work, the world day this year attempts to take stock of a 100 years of work in improving occupational safety and health and looks to the future for continuing these efforts through major changes such as technology, demographics, sustainable development including climate change and changes in work organization.

  • XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work: Prevention in the Connected Age

    The Congress opens its doors to the world every three years. This time, it is Canada's turn to welcome the global prevention community to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on October 4-7, 2020.

  • Building a Culture of Prevention through ILO's Flagship OSH-GAP Programme 

    Every 15 seconds, a worker dies from a work-related injury or illness. Listen to ILO's LABADMIN/OSH Chief talk about how the Occupational Safety and Health Global Action for Prevention (OSH-GAP) is working to address this.