News, articles and statements

June 2021

  1. World Day for Safety and Health at Work Summary Note

    Worldwide events to promote the world day campaign 2021

    01 June 2021

    This year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work, commemorated on 28 April 2021 by a Global Virtual Launch event, focused on leveraging the elements of an OSH system as set out in the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187). The World Day received global press and social media coverage from around the world. Furthermore, ILO constituents around the world organized over 40 regional and national social media campaigns, lectures, webinars, virtual dialogues and other various themed events.

May 2021

  1. Heat stress

    New legislation in Qatar provides greater protection to workers from heat stress

    27 May 2021

    Prohibited summertime working hours expanded by four weeks and annual health checks for workers introduced.

  2. Convention No. 184 and Convention No. 185

    Iraq ratifies agriculture and seafarers Conventions

    27 May 2021

  3. Policy brief

    Preventing and mitigating COVID-19 at work

    19 May 2021

    The ILO and WHO publish a brief providing a literature review on common features of workplaces most affected by the new corona virus and the most effective measures adopted by countries to prevent and mitigate COVID-19 at work. The brief gives practical guidance for national and local authorities as well as employers and workers’ representatives for the implementation of WHO and ILO recommendations to prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and manage COVID-19 outbreaks at work in non-healthcare settings.

  4. © Michel Curi 2021

    Occupational health

    Long working hours can increase deaths from heart disease and stroke, say ILO and WHO

    17 May 2021

    The number of people working long hours globally has increased over time, to an estimated 479 million workers, or nine per cent of the global population.

  5. Chemical safety

    Workers around the world face a global health crisis due to occupational exposure to toxic chemicals

    17 May 2021

    The ILO publishes a new report highlighting the state of the evidence for chemical exposures and resulting health impacts in the world of work

  6. Occupational Safety and Health

    Saint Lucia ratifies Convention No. 155 and its Protocol

    14 May 2021

  7. XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

    International Media Festival for Prevention Toronto 2021 Nominees Announcement

    10 May 2021

    Join us for the announcement of the nominees of the International Media Festival for Prevention IMFP 2021.

  8. © AFP/Europress 2021

    ILO/WHO partnership to protect health workers

    Healthcare workers urgently need upgraded working conditions, safety and health protection against COVID-19 in Ukraine

    05 May 2021

    Health workers are at the forefront of the global fight against the COVID-19. In Ukraine, however, they face serious challenges in occupational health and safety and working conditions. On 16 April 2021, the ILO and WHO jointly organized a webinar to discuss the key challenges health workers face and to advocate for the implementation of a national occupational health and safety programme.

  9. Our impact, their voices

    Social dialogue is a win-win in times of crisis

    05 May 2021

    Social dialogue is a key strategy for management and workers to find win-win solutions. One of the Better Work Indonesia (BWI) participating companies shows the benefits gained from social dialogues for both workers’ welfare and business continuity.

  10. © G20 2021

    G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting

    Protect workers and businesses in the tourism industry

    04 May 2021

    ILO Deputy Director-General, Martha Newton, called on G20 countries to take action to support the travel and tourism industry, which has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. She was speaking at a virtual G20 Tourism Ministers’ meeting on 4 May, that discussed how governments can support the sector.

  11. News

    The resilience of Indonesia’s OSH System is tested during the pandemic

    04 May 2021

    The ILO and its partners commemorated the World Day for Safety and Health at Work by examining efforts taken by relevant stakeholders, including mass media organizations, in ensuring long-term OSH investments and resilient OSH systems in Indonesia.

  12. Opinion editorial

    Solidarity for safety, productivity and sustainability

    03 May 2021

    An opinion editorial by Abdul Hakim, the ILO/Japan National Project Officer, Enhancing COVID-19 Prevention at and through Workplaces, in conjunction with the commemoration of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work and the Labour Day. The opinion article was published by the Jakarta Post on 3 May.

April 2021

  1. © ILO 2021

    Fourth Meeting of the Special Tripartite Committee of the Maritime Labour Convention

    The ILO calls for full respect of seafarers’ rights and for the vaccination of seafarers

    29 April 2021

    Seafarers need COVID-19 vaccinations, wherever they are, to avoid delays and disruption in supply chains.

  2. The Future of Work Podcast

    Why we need to invest now in resilient occupational safety and health systems

    28 April 2021

    Safety and Health in the workplace has been massively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we mark World Day for Safety and Health and Work, Manal Azzi, Senior Occupational Safety and Health Specialist at the ILO, joins us to discuss the vital role that safe workplaces play for crisis recovery and prevention.

  3. Opinion editorial

    Resilient occupational safety and health systems key in pandemic

    28 April 2021

    An opinion editorial by Michiko Miyamoto, Country Director for the ILO in Indonesia, focusing on strengthening the occupational safety and health (OSH) system as part of the commemoration of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The opinion article was published by the Jakarta Post on 28 April.

  4. World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021 (28 April)

    Good practice in workplaces against COVID-19

    28 April 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of building a sound and resilient Occupational Safety and Health system to protect workers. This video shows examples of good practice by governments, employers and workers in Asia and the Pacific region.

  5. © KB Mpofu / ILO 2021

    World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    ILO calls for resilient occupational safety and health systems for future emergencies

    28 April 2021

    Better national occupational safety and health policies, institutional and regulatory frameworks, that are also integrated into crisis response, are needed, says the International Labour Organization.

  6. Op-ed

    Pandemic impact highlights need for resilient Occupational Safety and Health systems

    28 April 2021

    COVID-19 has reinforced the need for resilient national Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) systems to be in place. To mark Safe Day 2021, Chihoko Asada-Miyakawa, ILO’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific explains what they are and what needs to be done.

  7. Video

    We need a strong, resilient occupational safety and health environment

    27 April 2021

    Safety and Health in the workplace has been massively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A strong, resilient, occupational safety and health environment is vital for crisis recovery and prevention says ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder in a video message to mark World Day for Safety and Health and Work.