Publications and technical tools


  1. Healthy beginnings: Guidance on safe maternity at work

    06 May 2004

    Based on the ILO Maternity Protection Convention (2000, No. 183) and the Maternity Protection Recommendation (No. 191) that supports it. Sets out the practical steps involved in protecting the woman worker and her child where the worker is: (a) working during pregnancy; (b) has recently given birth; (c) returning to work after pregnancy; or (d) breastfeeding, or seeking to breastfeed when she returns to work.

  2. SARS - Practical and administrative responses to an infectious disease in the workplace

    01 March 2004

  3. Workplace smoking: A review of national and local practical and regulatory measures

    01 March 2004

    This working paper, based to a large extent on an informal survey carried out by ILO SafeWork in 2003, sets out to provide an overview of attitudes, legislation and practices related to smoke-free workplaces in different parts of the world. It could serve as a background paper for further ILO tripartite discussions leading up to a new international instrument.

  4. Report of the WHO technical meeting on sleep and health

    24 January 2004

    Bonn, Germany, 22-24 January 2004

  5. Women workers and gender issues on occupational safety and health - information note

    01 January 2004

    Information note by Valentina Forastieri Coordinator Cluster on Health Promotion and Training International Programme on Safety Health and the Environment

  6. IMO Guidelines for the Development of the Ship Recycling Plan

    01 January 2004


  1. Joint ILO/WHO Committee on Occupational Health - Report

    09 December 2003

  2. Preventing and responding to violence at work

    08 September 2003

    Provides guidance on how to design, implement, and evaluate workplace violence prevention programmes and policies.

  3. ILO standards-related activities in the area of occupational safety and health: An in-depth study for discussion with a view to the elaboration of a plan of action for such activities

    26 May 2003

    Based on a survey carried out among ILO constituents, this report is aimed at examining the impact, coherence and relevance of ILO standards and related activities in the area of occupational safety and health and to develop a consensus on a plan of action to increase their impact.

  4. Safety in numbers: Pointers for a global safety culture at work

    28 April 2003

    On the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, we put the spotlight on promoting safety at work. This report sets out the challenges that we face and points the way ahead. Awareness must be accompanied by engagement and action. Working together with our constituents and other relevant actors, the ILO looks forward to being part of a renewed effort to promote safe work worldwide.

  5. Alcohol and drug problems at work. The shift to prevention

    11 January 2003

    Provides background information and a framework for the development and implementation of a prevention-oriented approach to workplace alcohol and drug problems. This volume examines the advantages of establishing workplace substance abuse initiatives and shows how enterprises of all sizes can set up and implement their own programmes to deal with this growing problem.

  6. Implementing the ILO code of practice on HIV/AIDS and the world of work. An education and training manual

    10 January 2003

    A valuable educational and training tool, this comprehensive manual offers practical guidance for formulating viable policies and programmes to combat HIV/AIDS in the world of work. Aimed at protecting the rights and dignity of workers, their families, and all people living with HIV/AIDS, the education and training material provided here can be applied to all sectors, public and private, formal and informal.

  7. How to prevent accidents on small construction sites

    01 January 2003

  8. Company cases and cross-company initiatives: Working conditions improvement in Haiti

    01 January 2003

    The publication intends to report on some of the changes that have been taking place in Haitian garment factories as a result of the ILO-USDOL project "Improving working conditions and productivity in the garment industry in Haiti".

  9. Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management of the Full and Partial Dismantling of Ships, Basel Convention of UNEP, Geneva, 2003

    01 January 2003


  1. Social dialogue in the health services. Institutions, capacity and effectiveness. Report JMHS/2002

    12 September 2002

    Describes approaches to social dialogue and the institutions required for its development, including ILO's role. Includes brief case studies from several countries.

  2. Improved security of seafarer’s identification. Report 91 VII (1)

    16 August 2002

    International Labour Conference, 91st Session 2003. Report VII (1) This report reviews various means of increasing the security of seafarers' identification with a view to the adoption of a Protocol to the Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention, 1958 (No. 108).

  3. Standards, Principles and Approaches in Occupational Health Services

    01 July 2002

  4. Labour inspection. A guide to the profession

    24 April 2002

    Labour Inspection is an authoritative, comprehensive guide to labour inspection and its fundamental principles. It emphasizes that labour inspection is a profession in its own right, and requires a professional approach. It presents policy issues in an international context, while examining how the major, foreseeable developments in economics, the labour market, technology, as well as national, sectoral, and enterprise social structures, affect labour inspection

  5. New challenges and opportunities for occupational safety and health in a globalized world

    01 April 2002

    Globalisation of the economy has intensified over the recent years and, together with the development of the new information and telecommunications technology, it is bringing about radical changes in society, comparable to those produced during the industrial revolution. Occupational safety and health (OSH) cannot ignore those changes. And, in this context, the greatest challenge for the countries is the transformation of the difficulties involved in adapting to the new situation into opportunities for the future development of OSH.