Publications and technical tools


  1. 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

  2. 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.

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

    01 January 2008

  4. 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

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

    01 January 2008

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

    01 January 2008


  1. Outline for the Development of National Programmes for Elimination of Asbestos-Related Diseases

    31 December 2007

    This document is intended to facilitate countries, particularly those that still use chrysotile asbestos, in establishing their national programmes for elimination of asbestos- related diseases. It also addresses countries efforts to prevent asbestos-related diseases arising from exposure to the various forms of asbestos already in place and as a result of their use in the past.

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

    01 December 2007

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. Arrangements for preparedness for a nuclear or radiological emergency: Safety guide

    04 July 2007

    This Safety Guide is intended to assist states in the application of the Safety Requirements publication on Preparedness and Response for a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency and to help in fulfilling the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) obligations under the Assistance Convention. In fulfilling its functions under the Assistance Convention and Early Notification Convention, the IAEA works together with other international organizations within an Inter-Agency Committee for Response to Nuclear Accidents (IACRNA). IACRNA has cooperated in the establishment of common requirements for preparedness and response for a nuclear or radiological emergency.

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

    28 April 2007

  9. Green Paper on safer ship dismantling

    01 January 2007

  10. Reduce risks - cut costs!

    01 January 2007

    Nowadays, it is economical for every enterprise to abide by the labour legislation and keep a high level of occupational safety and health as it allows to save funds.

  11. Labour and social trends in ASEAN 2007: Integration, challenges and opportunities

    01 January 2007

    The third issue of the Labour and Social Trends series focuses on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The report presents major trends in employment and social conditions in this dynamic region, followed by thematic chapters on key employment and social issues and an updated statistical annex.


  1. Fundamental safety principles: Safety fundamentals

    07 November 2006

    The objective of this publication is to establish the fundamental safety objective, safety principles and concepts that provide the bases for the IAEA’s safety standards and its safety related programme. Related requirements are established in the Safety Requirements publications. Guidance on meeting these requirements is provided in the related Safety Guides.

  2. Shipbreaking. What can be done?/ Démolition de navires. Comment gérer le problème? - DVD (Bilingual: English, French)

    10 October 2006

    This DVD contains the documentary "The Shipbreakers" in English and French as well as the text of the ILO's "Safety and health in shipbreaking: Guidelines for Asian countries and Turkey", in English, French, Spanish, Bengali, Chinese, Hindi and Turkish.

  3. Work Improvement for Safe Home (WISH): Action manual for improving safety, health and working conditions of home workers

    01 July 2006

    Improving work conditions among home workers in the informal economy is an important component of the ILO agenda to extend decent work to all workers.