Safety and health at work

Every 15 seconds, a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease.
Every 15 seconds, 153 workers have a work-related accident.

An estimated 2.3 million people die every year from work-related accidents and diseases. More than 160 million people suffer from occupational and work-related diseases, and there are 313 million non-fatal accidents per year. The suffering caused by such accidents and illnesses to workers and their families is incalculable. In economic terms, the ILO has estimated that more than 4% of the world's annual GDP is lost as a consequence of occupational accidents and diseases.

The safety and health conditions at work are very different between countries, economic sectors and social groups. Deaths and injuries take a particularly heavy toll in developing countries, where a large part of the population is engaged in hazardous activities, such as agriculture, fishing and mining. Throughout the world, the poorest and least protected - often women, children and migrants - are among the most affected.

The Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch of the ILO (LABADMIN|OSH) aims to create worldwide awareness of the dimensions and consequences of work-related accidents, injuries and diseases. One of the goals of LABADMIN|OSH is to place the health and safety of all workers on the international agenda and to stimulate and support practical action at all levels. Decent work is safe work. Decent work is safe work.



Events

  1. Distance learning course on occupational safety and health

    13 April - 24 September 2015, International Training Centre of the ILO, Turin, Italy

  2. SOLVE training of trainers: Integrating health promotion in occupational safety and health policies

    18 - 29 May 2015, International Training Centre of the ILO, Turin, Italy

  3. Master in Occupational Safety and Health

    7 September 2015 - 30 September 2016, International Training Centre of the ILO, Turin, Italy

Checkpoints: Creating better workplaces

  1. The Checkpoints app series is a new digital tool for improving occupational safety and health in the workplace. Users can explore illustrated descriptions of each checkpoint and create interactive checklists tailored to their workplace. Each app also includes best practice recommendations for taking action and implementing effective improvements.

  2. Stress Prevention

    50 easy-to-implement checkpoints for identifying sources of stress in the workplace and mitigating their harmful effects.

  3. Ergonomics

    132 realistic and flexible solutions to ergonomic problems, applicable across a whole range of workplace situations.

  4. Ergonomics in Agriculture

    100 practical actions to improve safety and health and increase productivity, tailored for rural and agricultural settings.