Publications and technical tools


  1. Reduce risks - cut costs!

    01 January 2007

    Nowadays, it is economical for every enterprise to abide by the labour legislation and keep a high level of occupational safety and health as it allows to save funds.

  2. Labour and social trends in ASEAN 2007: Integration, challenges and opportunities

    01 January 2007

    The third issue of the Labour and Social Trends series focuses on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The report presents major trends in employment and social conditions in this dynamic region, followed by thematic chapters on key employment and social issues and an updated statistical annex.


  1. Shipbreaking. What can be done?/ Démolition de navires. Comment gérer le problème? - DVD (Bilingual: English, French)

    10 October 2006

    This DVD contains the documentary "The Shipbreakers" in English and French as well as the text of the ILO's "Safety and health in shipbreaking: Guidelines for Asian countries and Turkey", in English, French, Spanish, Bengali, Chinese, Hindi and Turkish.

  2. Work Improvement for Safe Home (WISH): Action manual for improving safety, health and working conditions of home workers

    01 July 2006

    Improving work conditions among home workers in the informal economy is an important component of the ILO agenda to extend decent work to all workers.

  3. Promotional framework for occupational safety and health. Report 95 IV (2A)

    19 April 2006

    Gives the replies, responses to specific questions and observations, received from governments, employers' and workers' organizations, concerning the proposed Convention and proposed Recommendation on the promotional framework for occupational safety and health.

  4. South African Mining Industry Best Practice on the Prevention of Silicosis

    01 March 2006

  5. Health, Safety and Environment: A Series of Trade Union Education Manuals for Agricultural Workers

    01 January 2006

    These series of Manuals was developed to help union affiliates representing agricultural workers to tackle health, safety and environmental (HSE) problems, through their training programmes.

  6. An HIV/AIDS Workplace Policy for the Education Sector in Southern Africa

    01 January 2006

    The purpose of this policy is to provide a framework for addressing HIV and AIDS as a workplace issue in education sector institutions and services through social dialogue processes, complementing other national workplace or overall education sector policies where they exist. The Policy covers the following key areas of action: prevention of HIV through workplace prevention, education and training programmes; reduction of vulnerability arising from unequal gender and staff/student (or learner) relationships; elimination of stigma and discrimination on the basis of real or perceived HIV status and adherence to the rights of infected or affected staff and students; care, treatment and support of staff and students who are infected and/or affected by HIV and AIDS; management and mitigation of the impact of HIV and AIDS in education institutions; safe, healthy and non-violent work and study environments.

  7. International Chemical Safety Card on Crystalline Silica

    01 January 2006

  8. A practical guide on best practice to prevent or minimise asbestos risks

    01 January 2006

  9. Outline for a National Programme for the Elimination of Silicosis (NPES)

    01 January 2006

  10. Good practices in safety, health and working conditions: home workers, farmers and construction workers in Cambodia, Mongolia, and Thailand

    01 January 2006

    Presents best practice photos related to safety, health and working conditions collected in Cambodia, Mongolia and Thailand.

  11. Integrating occupational health services into public health sytems : a model developed with Thailand's primary care units

    01 January 2006

    Report on a pilot programme with Thailand's Ministry of to integrate occupational health services into public health systems.

  12. Industrial Relations in the Oil Industry in Mexico

    01 January 2006

    Working paper 239


  1. The global challenges of labour inspection, Labour Education 2005/3-4, Nos 140-141

    01 July 2005

  2. Work Improvement in Neighbourhood Development programme (WIND): training programme on safety, health and working conditions in agriculture

    01 July 2005

    The Work Improvement in Neighbourhood Development (WIND) training programme provides practical responses to the special problems of agricultural safety and health. Building on the ILO's experience gained through the WISE (Work Improvement in Small Enterprises) programme, WIND applies a participatory and action-oriented training approach, designed for rapid and sustainable improvements in farmers' safety, health and working conditions. To ensure relevance, as well as sustainability, WIND is very much reliant on, and responsive to, farmers' own initiatives, knowledge and resources.

  3. A handbook on HIV/AIDS for labour and factory inspectors

    13 June 2005

    Comprises practical information for group discussions in training seminars or as a reference document for inspectors, including information on the "ILO code of practice on HIV/AIDS and the world of work".

  4. Food at work: Workplace solutions for malnutrition, obesity and chronic diseases

    10 June 2005

    Discusses the importance of rest and nutrition and their potential contribution to workplace initiatives to improve health, safety and productivity. Presents a multitude of "food solutions" applicable to a variety of workplaces around the globe and shows that providing nutritious foods to workers is not only economically viable but a profitable business practice.

  5. Unity Beyond Differences: The Need for an Integrated Labour Inspection System (ILIS)

    11 March 2005

    Final report of the conference organised by the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union

  6. Best practices in HIV/AIDS prevention, in the informal sector

    11 March 2005

    This paper is based on experiences from the ILO’s four-country study on HIV/AIDS mitigation in the informal sector. It considers “best practices” that have been identified in workplace policies and programmes on HIV/AIDS in the informal economy. It focuses especially on examples which might guide and inform practices and policies pertaining to the informal economy with regard to the following: information and awareness-raising programmes, training and behavioural change programmes, working conditions - including aspects such as travel, hygiene, childcare arrangements - counselling and testing, care and support possibilities. The paper gives an overview of good practices taken from the four countries in which the ILO informal economy research project was carried out. Quantitative and qualitative studies, including participatory rapid assessments, were carried out in Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania and South Africa. The studies were conducted (a) to gather necessary KAPB data from informal workers in the four countries and (b) to initiate participatory, community-based approaches with the aim of organising governments, local governments and local communities to implement a sustained response to the challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic within the informal economy.