News, articles and statements on occupational safety and health

April 2014

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    ILO: Rana Plaza is an opportunity to change how global supply chains operate

    24 April 2014

    ILO Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships Gilbert Houngbo says that the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh which killed over 1,100 garment workers in April 2013 can be a catalyst for change.

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    Working conditions in Bangladesh: challenges and opportunities

    23 April 2014

    On the 28th April, the ILO’s Bureau for Workers’ Activities will organise a panel discussion, to pay tribute to the memory of the victims of Rana Plaza. Discussions focus on the role of ILO and its constituents in the prevention of such tragedies. Below are some views of the attending participants’ to this panel about the current challenges to improve health and safety at workplace in Bangladesh.

  3. New measures to protect seafarers

    11 April 2014

    The international maritime community has adopted measures to protect abandoned seafarers, and to provide financial security for compensation in cases of death and long-term disability.

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    Ryder: Rana Plaza legacy must be improved working conditions globally

    03 April 2014

    The ILO Director-General highlights the human cost of poor working conditions and calls for action to ensure the Rana Plaza tragedy is not repeated.

March 2014

  1. Viet Nam ratifies ILO Convention, showing strong commitment to work safety

    12 March 2014

    The Convention on Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health, known as Convention 187, is expected to help the country with its work safety laws and international trade negotiations.

February 2014

  1. Slovenia ratifies the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187) and the Night Work Convention, 1990 (No. 171)

    12 February 2014

January 2014

  1. Finland ratifies the Chemicals Convention, 1990 (No. 170)

    22 January 2014

    The Government of Finland deposited the instrument of ratification of the Chemicals Convention, 1990 (No. 170) with the International Labour Office, thereby becoming the 18th member State to ratify the Convention.

September 2013

  1. ILO, partners aim to improve conditions in Bangladeshi garment industry

    23 September 2013

    In New York, the ILO has signed new agreements with the Netherlands and the UK to respond to recent accidents in Bangladesh.

June 2013

  1. South Africa ratifies four international labour Conventions

    21 June 2013

    The Government of the Republic of South Africa deposited with the International Labour Office the instrument of ratification of four international labour Conventions, the Labour Inspection Convention, 1947 (No.81), the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006), the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188), and the Domestic Workers Convention, 2011 (No. 189).

May 2013

  1. European Commission and European Parliament support ILO activities in Bangladesh

    31 May 2013

    EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, in an address to the European Parliament (EP), welcomed ILO activities in Bangladesh and underlined the importance of international labour standards and the value of ILO-EC cooperation in the field of improving occupational safety and health worldwide.

March 2013

  1. It’s time to improve work safety

    15 March 2013

    Viet Nam is lagging behind many other countries, including most of its neighbours, in occupational safety and health, said Vice Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Bui Hong Linh. According to the ministry, 606 workers died in work-related accidents last year in Viet Nam, almost 10 per cent increase against 2011.

September 2012

  1. Pakistani factory fire highlights lack of workplace safety measures, says ILO

    12 September 2012

    More needs to be done to protect workers’ safety and health, the ILO says, as Pakistan mourns the deaths of hundreds of workers in a garment factory fire in Karachi.

August 2012

  1. South Africa could do more for miners, says ILO mining specialist

    24 August 2012

    The killings of more than 30 workers in the Marikana platinum mine have put the spotlight on working conditions in South Africa’s mining industry.

June 2012

  1. Singapore Ratifies the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187)

    11 June 2012

    The Government of Singapore deposited the instrument of ratification for the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187) with the International Labour Office on 11 June 2012. Singapore is the 23rd member State to ratify the Convention.

October 2011

  1. Labour inspectors undergo ILO OSH training

    19 October 2011

    Labour inspectors of the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago will undergo training on occupational safety and health by the International Labour Office (ILO) for the Caribbean

June 2011

  1. ILO hosts OSHE training workshop for OECS labour inspectors

    21 June 2011

    The Workshop is one of the activities of the ILO's Programme on Occupational Safety and Health and Environment (OSHE) in the Caribbean which was initiated in January 2011.

April 2011

  1. Chile ratifies ILO Convention 187 on the promotional framework for Occupational Safety and Health

    27 April 2011

    The Government of Chile has delivered to the International Labour Organization the instrument of ratification of ILO Convention No. 187 concerning the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health.

December 2010

  1. ILO and EU to launch new project on improving safety and health at work

    02 December 2010

    Responding to a pressing need to improve the safety and health of workers, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the European Union are launching a new project aimed at reducing occupational accidents and diseases in six countries in Eastern Europe (Ukraine and Moldova), Africa (Zambia and Malawi) and Central America (Honduras and Nicaragua).

April 2008

  1. ILO and US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health agree to cooperate on expanding safety and health at work

    23 April 2008

    The Programme on Safety and Health at Work and the Environment (SafeWork) of the International Labour Office (ILO) and the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) today signed an agreement aimed at expanding safety and health in the workplace.

  2. Luxembourg ratifies 20 ILO Instruments including 15 in the field of occupational safety and health

    08 April 2008

    The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has ratified 20 Instruments of the International Labour Organization – 18 conventions and 2 protocols, most of which are related to occupational safety and health. A combined ratification of such magnitude is relatively rare in the history of the ILO. As a result, Luxembourg has now ratified a hundred ILO Instruments.