Publications and technical tools


  1. World of Work 63, August 2008 - Decent work = Safe work: Occupational safety and health at work; Saving lives, protecting jobs: HIV/AIDS and the world of work...

    01 August 2008

  2. Shining a light of hope: Occupational safety and health in the informal economy. Hundreds of millions of workers worldwide suffer from work-related diseases and accidents.

    09 July 2008

    The ILO estimates that hundreds of millions of workers worldwide suffer from work-related diseases and accidents, the poorest and the least protected being the worst sufferers. Bringing occupational safety and health to those working and living in the informal economy represents a particular challenge as this report from the slums of Pune in India shows.

  3. 10 steps for a safer & health workplace

    01 July 2008

    Contains 10 steps for a safer & health workplace.

  4. Beyond death and injuries: The ILO's role in promoting safe and healthy jobs

    25 June 2008

    The ILO report provides the most recently revised estimates of the global impact of occupational accidents and diseases, as well as an examination of what can and is already done to improve safety at work.

  5. Saving lives, protecting jobs. (Second report)

    23 May 2008

    This second report documents the fine work carried out by ministries of labour, employers' and workers' organizations and partner enterprises. It gives an insight into this ILO/USDOL partnership which has been running for five years. It includes a special focus on the experiences and achievements of the pioneer country projects in Belize, Benin, Cambodia, Ghana, Guyana, India and Togo. It also captures major innovations and collaborations from on-going initiatives in other countries which have been a source of inspiration to others and will help guide the SHARE programme to its conclusion in 2010.

  6. Occupational injuries statistics from household surveys and establishment surveys, ILO manual on methods

    17 April 2008

    This manual aims to assist those responsible for compiling data on occupational injuries with newly developed tools for collecting these data from household surveys and establishment surveys, to supplement the data compiled through notification systems.

  7. Social dialogue perspectives in Romanian road transport

    01 April 2008

    Working Paper 258

  8. Final report. Meeting of Experts to examine instruments, knowledge, advocacy, technical cooperation and international collaboration as tools with a view to developing a policy framework for hazardous substances. Report MEPFHS/2007/11

    10 March 2008

  9. Rooting out child labour from cocoa farms (Series of 4 papers)

    15 January 2008

    These four papers synthesize the knowledge and experiences acquired from implementation of the ILO-IPEC technical assistance programme to combat hazardous and exploitative child labour in cocoa and commercial agriculture in West Africa (WACAP). This series of four papers is available as one boxed set.

  10. The role and activities of the ILO concerning the radiation protection of workers (Ionizing radiation)

    01 January 2008

  11. The informal economy: enabling transition to formalization. Background document to the Tripartite Interregional Symposium on the Informal economy: Enabling Transition to Formalization

    01 January 2008

  12. Decent work and the transition to formalization: Recent trends, policy debates and good practices

    01 January 2008

  13. Driving for change - A training toolkit on HIV/AIDS for the road transport sector

    01 January 2008


  1. Decent Working Conditions, Safety and Social Protection – Work in Fishing Convention No. 188 and Recommendation No. 199

    01 December 2007

  2. The employment situation of people with disabilities: Towards improved statistical information

    30 November 2007

    This guide highlights basic knowledge from the fields of labour and disability statistics which has to be combined for a comprehensive description of the employment situation of people with disabilities. It will be of great relevance to worldwide countries as they work to promote and monitor equal employment opportunities for disabled persons. It provides information on current standards and definitions in the fields of employment and disability, as well as descriptions of good practices related to the compilation of statistics on the employment situation of people with disabilities, so that better data on this topic can be produced. It is directed to countries wishing to gather or improve such statistics in order to meet policy needs and it is an attempt to bring together all relevant information in this field. Its main objective is to inform users on current state of national methodologies for the compilation of statistics on the employment situation of people with disabilities; standards and definitions for the measurement of different sub-groups of the economically active population; concepts and methods for the measurement of disability; and useful sources and survey questions on disability.

  3. The right to decent work of persons with disabilities

    30 November 2007

    This publication provides an invaluable overview of the principal international legal instruments, policies and initiatives of relevance to the rights of people with disabilities, with a particular focus on employment and work. It focuses on the different options available to people with disabilities who wish to work in open/competitive employment, sheltered employment, supported employment and social enterprises and examines the trends in each of these categories, highlighting the key issues faced in each case.

  4. Background information for developing an ILO policy framework for hazardous substances

    22 November 2007

    Document for discussion at the Meeting of Experts to Examine Instruments, Knowledge, Advocacy, Technical Cooperation and International Collaboration as Tools with a view to Developing a Policy Framework for Hazardous Substances

  5. Participatory approaches to improving safety, health and working conditions in informal economy workplaces. Experiences of Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam

    01 October 2007

    Participatory training programmes are increasingly applied in Asia for supporting grassroots initiatives in informal economy workplaces to improve safety, health and working conditions. These participatory programmes are easy to apply and action-oriented, and focus on immediate improvement needs of informal economy workplaces. Workers in informal economy workplaces have identified and implemented practical safety and health improvements with the support from the participatory training programmes.

  6. Report - Safe and healthy workplaces - Making decent work a reality

    28 April 2007

  7. Green Paper on safer ship dismantling

    01 January 2007