Building a Generation of Safe and Healthy Workers – Safe & Healthy Youth (Safeyouth@work)

The Project aims to improve occupational safety and health of young workers above the minimum age of work (15) up to 24 years and develop a culture of prevention in Indonesia.

Project Description

Indonesia, with a population of 255 million, is the fourth most populated country in the world. The country has a young population: Roughly half of the total population is below thirty years of age. The country is shifting away from an economy dominated by the agricultural sector, towards one with a greater share of activities within the industrial and services sectors. This trend is driving rapid urbanization and growth in the construction sector. 

However, 90 percent of those working in the construction sector are employed as labourers, and many work under casual contracts. While there is an absence of comprehensive OSH data, indications exist that the majority of workplace accidents occur in construction. Therefore, efforts are needed to strengthen the functioning of urban labour markets, to help ensure that workers and employers use their resources to promote and respect worker safety and health requirements, particularly for young workers, who suffer high rates of workplace injury and disease.

In August 2015, Indonesia ratified ILO Convention No. 187 “Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health” (2006). Consequently, the country is keen to implement and update the key components of the Convention, namely: a national OSH profile, policy and programme, including with content relevant to young workers.

The strategy of the SafeYouth@Work Project is founded in the ILO’s systems approach to promoting OSH prevention, which in turn is based on compliance with international labour standards (ILS). ILS on OSH provide essential tools for Governments, employers and workers and their representative organizations to establish sound prevention, reporting and inspection practices. ILS on OSH also embody the key principles, provisions and technical guidance necessary to establish, implement and manage OSH systems. The SafeYouth@Work Project in Indonesia will apply this overall systems approach with a focus on the expanding construction sector and young workers.

Project Objectives and Outcomes

The overall objective of the project is improving safety and health of young workers above the minimum age of work (i.e. 15 years of age) up to 24 years and building a culture of prevention in Indonesia.

To achieve this objective, the SafeYouth@Work Project will deliver the following outcomes:
  • Comprehensive, relevant and quality data and information on OSH for young workers are available for effective use.
  • National capacity to promote OSH prevention and compliance with OSH requirements in the construction sector enhanced.
  • Awareness and knowledge of the particular hazards and risks faced by young workers is increased. 

Links with other ILO Project and Programmes

Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP): The framework for ILO’s assistance to Indonesia in terms of labour inspection and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) is provided by the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP). The most recent Indonesia DWCP 2012 –2015 envisaged support to the labour inspection function and to developing knowledge products on OSH.

Youth 4 OSH project: The SafeYouth@Work Project will be implemented in conjunction with the ILO “OSH for Young Workers and Young Employers in Global Supply Chains – Building a Culture of Prevention” (Youth 4 OSH) project.


Funding is provided by the United States Department of Labor under cooperative agreement number IL-26690-14-75-K-11.
This material does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the United States Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government. One hundred percentage of the total costs of the project or program is financed with Federal funds, for a total of 11,443,156 dollars.