News, articles and statements

April 2008

  1. Statement

    Message by Mr. Juan Somavia on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work (28 April 2008)

    28 April 2008

  2. Statement

    Message by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office, on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, 28 April 2008

    28 April 2008

    Labour is not a commodity and markets must serve people. Nearly 90 years ago the protection of workers’ lives and health was set out as a key objective in the founding charter of the Organization. Today, rapid technological change and a fast-paced and globalized economy bring new challenges and pressures for all areas of the world of work. Safety and health remain integral elements of the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda.

  3. Article

    World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2008 - “Superman has fallen”: Managing risk in the work environment

    24 April 2008

    Each year, an estimated 2.2 million people die from work-related accidents and diseases around the world, according to the ILO which says that work related deaths appear to be on the rise. But risks can be eliminated or minimized at source, says a new ILO report published for World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April. ILO Online reports from the Republic of Korea where the country’s occupational safety and health agency KOSHA launched a number of initiatives to prevent accidents at work.

  4. News

    ILO and US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health agree to cooperate on expanding safety and health at work

    23 April 2008

    The Programme on Safety and Health at Work and the Environment (SafeWork) of the International Labour Office (ILO) and the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) today signed an agreement aimed at expanding safety and health in the workplace.

  5. Press release

    28 April 2008: World Day for Safety and Health at Work ─ Worldwide events to mobilize workers, employers and governments on managing risks at work

    23 April 2008

    The world of work is to mark the World Day for Safety and Health at Work this year on 28 April, amid a new call by the International Labour Office (ILO) for managing risks in the work environment to reduce both the human and the economic burdens of work-related accidents and ill health.

  6. News

    Luxembourg ratifies 20 ILO Instruments including 15 in the field of occupational safety and health

    08 April 2008

    The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has ratified 20 Instruments of the International Labour Organization – 18 conventions and 2 protocols, most of which are related to occupational safety and health. A combined ratification of such magnitude is relatively rare in the history of the ILO. As a result, Luxembourg has now ratified a hundred ILO Instruments.

March 2008

  1. News

    ILO Convention No. 187 on occupational safety and health to come into force following ratification by the Republic of Korea

    13 March 2008

    The Republic of Korea has recently ratified a new ILO Convention, the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health, Convention No. 187. This ratification will bring this important international labour standard designed to promote a “preventive safety and health culture” into force in the next 12 months.

November 2007

  1. Article

    World Diabetes Day (14 November) - Diabetes in the Workplace

    12 November 2007

    Diabetes is a disease that currently affects more than 180 million people in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this number is likely to more than double by 2030.

October 2007

  1. News

    Promoting better occupational safety and health through effective labour inspection to make Decent Work a global reality - Düsseldorf International Conference “Making Decent Work a Global Goal and a National Reality”

    09 October 2007

    From 18-20 September 2007 over 200 participants from 65 countries from all over the world met in Düsseldorf (Germany) to discuss the practical aspects of implementing international standards for decent work. The Conference was organized by the ILO in partnership with the German and Portuguese governments, the International Social Security Association, WHO, IALI and other international organizations, and with sponsorship from German partners Basi, Messe Düsseldorf, DGUV, Fraport AG, TÜV Rheinland, and BAD Team Prevent.

July 2007

  1. Article

    Preventing occupational accidents and diseases: Japan becomes first country to ratify ILO Convention No.187

    24 July 2007

    On 24 July, Japan became the first country to ratify ILO Convention No. 187 committing itself to reinforce its OSH system. The Convention which establishes a promotional framework for occupational safety and health (OSH) was adopted by the International Labour Conference in June 2006. ILO Online reports from Japan where a number of serious occupational safety and health problems highlighted the need to further reinforce prevention programmes.

June 2007

  1. Article

    Promoting sustainable enterprises: safe work is also good business

    21 June 2007

    “Sustainable enterprises cannot afford to have injuries and diseases at work, which would not only interrupt operations but may have strong economic and reputational consequences”. Eleven enterprises from the Leningrad region in Russia’s North-West had a chance to check this statement from an ILO report to the International Labour Conference against daily practice. Olga Bogdanova reports from North-West Russia.

April 2007

  1. Statement

    Statement by Mr. Juan Somavia, on the occasion of World Day for Safety and Health at Work (28 April 2007)

    28 April 2007

  2. Press release

    World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2007: Amid worldwide events, ILO says most accidents at work could be prevented if standards are respected

    27 April 2007

    Countries around the world are to mark the World Day for Safety and Health at Work this year, amid a new call by the International Labour Office (ILO) for applying internationally-agreed labour standards as a primary tool for reducing work-related accidents and illnesses that take some 2.2 million lives each year.

September 2006

  1. Press release

    ILO hosts interagency meeting to discuss avian flu and workplace impact and response

    26 September 2006

    The International Labour Office (ILO) is to host an interagency meeting here which will provide an opportunity to examine critical occupational safety and health, employment and livelihood issues in the context of a recent UN Action Plan with regard to the potential spread of the avian flu virus.

June 2006

  1. News

    ILO to receive support in cash and kind for promotion of safety and health in the workplace
    Düsseldorf Trade Fair and Federal Association for Occupational Safety and Health will fund international conferences on safety and health at work

    15 June 2006

    Some 2.2 million people die each year through work-related accidents and diseases, according to ILO statistics. This figure alone illustrates the importance of improved safety and health conditions in the workplace.

  2. Article

    95th session of the International Labour Conference, 2006
    Occupational safety and health in Kazakhstan: A model for Central Asia

    13 June 2006

    After the collapse of the Soviet Union, working conditions in Kazakhstan deteriorated much the same way as in other former Soviet republics. In the 1990s, more than 3,000 occupational accidents were registered officially each year, causing the death of more than 300 workers.

May 2006

  1. Article

    95th session of the International Labour Conference, 2006
    Singapore: Charting a new roadmap for safer workplaces

    29 May 2006

    The Conference Committee on Safety and Health will consider a promotional framework for occupational safety and health (OSH), including a Convention supplemented by a Recommendation. The proposed instruments would support placing occupational safety and health high at national agendas, and promote safer and healthier working environments worldwide.

April 2006

  1. Article

    Chernobyl 20 years after: From disaster, breeding a new safety culture

    26 April 2006

    When the Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine exploded on the night of 26 April 1986, workers bore the full brunt of the blast, many losing their health, homes, jobs and even their lives. Since then, significant progress has been made in the development of safety and health at work, but the last chapter of the world's worst civilian nuclear disaster has yet to be written, says ILO SafeWork specialist Shengli Niu in an interview with ILO Online.

March 2006

  1. Article

    Questions for a global economy: protecting workers against factory fires

    30 March 2006

    Fires in the workplace are among the most feared industrial events, and have left their mark on history. From the 1911 factory fire in New York City that killed 146 textile workers, to more recent industrial accidents or incidents around the world that have left hundreds of dead and injured, such events often lead to the adoption of labour laws to protect factory workers. A spate of recent industrial fires have again underlined the need for vigilance, planning and preparation for dealing with the unexpected - especially in the form of a viable evacuation plan. ILO occupational safety and health expert David Gold spoke with ILO Online about fire protection and emergency management.

January 2006

  1. Article

    Environmentally sustainable development: the WILL is there

    30 January 2006

    NAIROBI (ILO Online) - The Workers Initiative for a Lasting Legacy (WILL 2006), organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in cooperation with the ILO, SustainLabour and the UN Global Compact, held here the first ever trade union assembly on labour and the environment last week. ILO Online spoke with Lene Olsen from the ILO Bureau for Workers' Activities who participated in the assembly.