Upholding sustainable delivery mechanisms to promote Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)

Over the last 25 years, the ILO has developed and implemented effective delivery mechanisms to improve Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and overall working conditions and productivity, in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) including in the informal economy. The ILO promotes participatory action-oriented approaches in which entrepreneurs, managers, workers and/or farmers are empowered and supported to improve OSH, working conditions and productivity through systematic identification, assessment and implementation of local and affordable solutions and good practices that encourage peer learning and knowledge sharing.

This project aims at taking stock of the various experiences from the ILO and other relevant initiatives to further strengthen the effective implementation of these approaches and to promote improvement of OSH in SMEs. To this end, the project is documenting and disseminating lessons learned and good practices from existing delivery mechanisms to improve OSH in SMEs; is developing a “how to” guide for constituents to improve OSH in SMEs based on the good practices identified and is upgrading existing ILO tools to better respond to SMEs current needs and challenges to improve OSH and productivity.

The project is part of the ILO/Korea partnership programme and is implemented under the framework of the ILO Flagship Programme on OSH Safety + Health for All. The programme seeks to foster the creation of a global culture of prevention, with the objective of achieving real reductions in the incidence of work-related death, injury and disease. Finally, the project contributes directly to realizing Goal 8 “Decent Work and Economic Growth” of the SDGs.