Safety and health at work

Every day, people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases. Each year, at least 1.9 million people died and 90 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) were estimated to be attributable to exposure to 19 major occupational risk factors. Additionally there’s some 360 million non-fatal occupational accidents each year (resulting in more than 4 days of absence of work).


  1. WHO/ILO joint estimates

    Almost 2 million people die from work-related causes each year

    WHO/ILO global estimates on disease and injury in the workplace outline the level of preventable premature deaths due to exposure to work-related health risks.

  2. 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’.

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