Publications and technical tools


  1. Occupational health services as a key element of national occupational safety and health systems

    24 November 2009

  2. Selling Ships for Recycling

    01 October 2009

    Guidelines on Transitional Measures for Shipowners

  3. Achieving the Revitalising Health and Safety targets: Statistical progress report

    30 September 2009

    The Revitalising Health and Safety strategy statement, launched in June 2000, set three national targets for improving health and safety performance by 2010. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) set out its technical approach to measuring progress against the Revitalising targets in a Statistical Note published in June 2001. Among other things, this said that a report on progress would be prepared each autumn, comparing the latest data with those for the base year (1999 or financial year 1999/2000). This document is the ninth such annual report.

  4. Promoting occupational health services for workers in the informal economy through primary care units

    15 September 2009

    This working paper reviews and analyses the substantial efforts of the primary care units(PCU)in different districts under the guidance of the Bureau for Occupational and Environmental Diseases of the Ministry of Public Health. The paper highlights the impact of their efforts and recommends the next important steps at both national policy and provincial levels.

  5. Tips on protecting your employees from pandemic human influenza

    01 August 2009

    Tips on how to prevent pandemic human influenza in the workplace extracted from ILO training manuals.

  6. Violence at work in the European Union

    23 June 2009

  7. Protecting your health and business from animal influenza: Action manual for farmers and workers

    16 April 2009

    Outbreaks of avian influenza in the recent past, and the current spread of Influenza A (H1N1) stemming from swine, have prompted worldwide concern. This training manual has been developed to promote safe practices. The manual is user-friendly and practical, providing an action checklist of various prevention measures, including explanations and descriptions.

  8. Safety and health in underground coalmines, ILO code of practice

    23 February 2009

    This code of practice on safety and health in underground coalmines reflects the many changes in the industry and its workforce, as well as new developments in occupational safety and health policies and ILO instruments on occupational safety and health. A leaner, multi-skilled workforce, new technology and less prescriptive, more systems-oriented approach to addressing safety and health are also reflected in this code.(Please find more details in abstract.) Price: 40 Sw.frs.; US$32; £17; 25 Euros

  9. Guidelines for port State control officers carrying out inspections under the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

    12 February 2009

    The guidelines contained in this book are an important international resource for implementing port State responsibilities under the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC). They were adopted by the ILO in September 2008 together with Guidelines for flag State inspections under the MLC, 2006.

  10. Protecting your employees and business from pandemic human influenza: Action manual for small and medium-sized enterprises

    23 January 2009

    The outbreak of avian influenza and the ongoing incidences of infected cases have prompted worldwide concern. This training manual is developed to promote safe practices in small and medium-sized enterprises.

  11. Protecting your health and business from avian influenza: Action manual for farmers and poultry workers

    23 January 2009

    The outbreak of avian influenza and the ongoing incidences of infected cases have prompted worldwide concern. This training manual is developed to promote safe practices.

  12. The Effects of Substance Use on Workplace Injuries

    01 January 2009

    Injury is one of many adverse consequences of substance use and misuse, and substance use and misuse are therefore often suspected to contribute to occupational injuries. A significant share of full-time workers report heavy alcohol use or illegal drug use and meet criteria for substance-use disorders, which make these conjectures even more salient.


  1. European Commission Green Paper on safer ship dismantling

    19 November 2008

  2. Fundamental principles of occupational health and safety. Second edition

    01 September 2008

    Fully revised and updated, this second edition introduces new ILO instruments promoting occupational safety and health (OSH) and new chemical safety information tools, and addresses OSH in the context of globalization and HIV/AIDS and the world of work. The annexes include checklists for preparing national OSH profiles and enterprise policies, selected excerpts from OSH instruments and up-to-date information sources.

  3. A dynamic vision of prevention: The International Social Security Association (ISSA)

    01 August 2008

    Social security is everybody’s business. It affects our daily life by protecting us against work and life risks – health care needs, disability, old age and unemployment. ISSA Secretary General Hans-Horst Konkolewsky explains how social security and the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases go hand-in-hand.

  4. Promoting safe and healthy jobs: The ILO Global Programme on Safety, Health and the Environment (Safework)

    01 August 2008

    The adoption in 2006 of a far-reaching ILO Convention (No. 187) and Recommendation (No. 197) concerning the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health provides a key tool in the struggle to meet the challenges of OSH in today’s fast-paced, globalized economy. In this article Dr. Sameera Al-Tuwaijri, Director of the ILO Safework Programme, describes these challenges and how the ILO is responding to them.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 10 steps for a safer & health workplace

    01 July 2008

    Contains 10 steps for a safer & health workplace.

  8. 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.