Publications and technical tools

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.


  1. Research on occupational safety and health for migrant workers in five Asia and the Pacific countries: Australia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

    01 December 2011

    This working paper presents trends and facts relevant to the five target countries’ OSH environments for migrant workers, with the long term aim of raising awareness of workplace safety for migrant labour forces and instilling the significance of sound OSH practices at work in all stakeholders, including governments, employers, workers and NGOs.

  2. Participatory Action-Oriented Training

    30 November 2011

    Participatory Action-Oriented Training is a practical method to support workplace initiatives based on self-help voluntary actions. It also helps local people carry out immediate improvements in occupational safety and health and their working conditions by using locally available resources.

  3. Guidelines for the use of the ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses: ILO Standard Digital Images (ILO 2011-D) in DICOM Format

    17 November 2011

    This revised (2011) edition of the "Guidelines for the use of the ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses" extends the applicability of the ILO scheme to classifications of results from digital radiographic images of the chest. The ILO Standard Digital Images (ILO 2011-D) have been prepared for this purpose.

  4. Guidelines for the use of the ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses, Revised edition 2011

    17 November 2011

    This revised (2011) edition of the Guidelines for the use of the ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses extends the applicability of the Classification to digital radiographic images of the chest, as described in a new chapter 6 (page 14). Chapters 1 through 5 are identical to those that appeared in the preceding (2000) edition of the Guidelines. That text remains applicable as written for classifying conventional film-screen radiographs and the associated sets of ILO standard radiographs remain available from the ILO.

  5. Radiation protection and safety of radiation sources: International basic safety standards – Interim edition

    03 November 2011

    The objective of this Safety Requirements publication (General Safety Requirements Part 3) is to establish, on the basis of the safety objective and principles established in the Fundamental Safety Principles, requirements for the protection of people and the environment from harmful effects of ionizing radiation and for the safety of radiation sources.

  6. Guidelines on HIV and AIDS for the postal sector

    01 October 2011

    The International Labour Office (ILO), through its Programme on HIV and AIDS and the World of Work (ILO/AIDS) and the Sectoral Activities Department (SECTOR), in collaboration with the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and UNI Global Union (formerly Union Network International) have contributed to the formulation of the present Guidelines on HIV and AIDS and the postal sector and participated in the implementation of the first phase of the campaign in the following seven selected pilot countries: Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Estonia, Mali and Nigeria.

  7. XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work - ILO Introductory Report: Global Trends and Challenges on Occupational Safety and Health

    12 September 2011

    This Introductory Report concerns some of the achievements and challenges of the last three years since the adoption of the Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work at the XVIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work for building a preventative safety and health culture. How to meet these challenges will be the subject of much discussion and debate at the Congress itself, which it is hoped will be another significant landmark in the history of promoting a preventative safety and health culture across the world.

  8. A Guide to Selected Labour Inspection Systems (with special reference to OSH)

    08 August 2011

    This “Guide to Selected Labour Inspection Systems” is part of a research programme in the area of labour administration and labour inspection carried out by the ILO Labour Inspection and Administration Programme (LAB/ADMIN) with a view to better understanding the functioning of the various systems in the world.

  9. World of Work Magazine n°72, August 2011 - Fighting discrimination at work: Progress at risk

    05 August 2011

    This issue of the ILO magazine focuses on discrimination at work and also features stories from the world of work: Domestic work, Gender-based violence, social justice...

  10. Children in hazardous work: What we know, what we need to do

    10 June 2011

    This report reviews the current state of knowledge concerning children in hazardous work and presents the case for a new focus on the issue as part of the wider global effort to eliminate the worst forms of child labour. For more information on this report or to order copies, please contact

  11. Executive summary of Children in Hazardous Work. What we know, what we need to do

    09 June 2011

    This report reviews the current state of knowledge concerning children in hazardous work and presents the case for a new focus on the issue as part of the wider global effort to eliminate the worst forms of child labour.

  12. Radiation protection of workers

    11 April 2011

    SafeWork Information Note Series, Information Note No. 1

  13. Criteria for use in preparedness and response for a nuclear or radiological emergency: General safety guide

    01 February 2011

    This Safety Guide is intended to assist Member States in the application of the Safety Requirements publication on Preparedness and Response for a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency (IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GS-R-2), and to help in the fulfilment of the IAEA’s obligations under the Assistance Convention. It provides generic criteria for protective actions and other response actions in the case of a nuclear or radiological emergency, including numerical values of these criteria. It also presents operational criteria derived from specific generic criteria.


  1. Green jobs in construction: Small changes – big effect

    01 December 2010

    Construction was the first specific sector of the economy to be addressed in the ILO’s Green Jobs Initiative. The sector is responsible for 25-40 per cent of global energy use, and 30–40 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Andrew Bibby, a London-based journalist, reports from the suburb of Khayelitsha, Cape Town’s largest informal settlement, where the Kuyasa Initiative has targeted 2,000 homes for basic energy-saving measures, creating jobs at the same time.

  2. List of occupational diseases (revised 2010). Identification and recognition of occupational diseases: Criteria for incorporating diseases in the ILO list of occupational diseases

    01 December 2010

    The number of physical, chemical, biological and psychosocial factors affecting workers’ health is constantly on the rise. The ILO has been responding to the challenge of creating safe and healthy working conditions since its founding in 1919. Agreed by governments as well as employers’ and workers’ organizations, this new list, approved in March 2010, reflects the state of the art in the identification and recognition of occupational diseases. The list, annexed here to the List of Occupational Diseases Recommendation, 2002 (No. 194), is designed to assist countries in their prevention, recording, notification and, if applicable, compensation of diseases caused by work.

  3. The Joint WHO-ILO-UNAIDS policy guidelines on improving health workers’ access to HIV and TB prevention, treatment, care and support services: A guidance note

    25 November 2010

    Health workers often lack adequate access to preventive measures such as personal protective supplies or equipments as well as treatment access. The Joint WHO-ILO-UNAIDS 14-point policy guidelines have been developed to respond to this need and contribute to the promotion of universal access to HIV and TB prevention, treatment, care and support.

  4. Technical Memorandum: China

    30 August 2010

    A project on “Strengthening labour inspection services” funded by the Norwegian Government provided for a review of the OSH inspection system in China for better protection and prevention of workplace accidents and occupational diseases. In this report, the review team puts forward findings, conclusions and recommendations for the improvement of OSH inspection policies and practices and the development of a capacity-building strategy.

  5. Ergonomic checkpoints: Practical and easy-to-implement solutions for improving safety, health and working conditions. Second edition

    15 July 2010

    Fully revised and expanded, this new edition of the highly successful Ergonomic checkpoints is aimed at reducing work-related accidents and diseases and improving safety, health and working conditions. Building on the wealth of experience of practitioners in applying these checkpoints, the second edition features revised text, additional checkpoints and new, full-colour illustrations.

  6. Approaches to Attribution of Detrimental Health Effects to Occupational Ionizing Radiation Exposure and their Application in Compensation Programmes for Cancer (OSH 73)

    23 June 2010

    Jointly published by three international organizations with mandates relating to occupational health and ionizing radiation - the ILO, IAEA and WHO - the publication will be useful for national authorities, trade unions, employers and other parties with an interest in ensuring an equitable approach to workers' compensation.

  7. Alcohol and drug problems at work - The shift to prevention

    13 May 2010

    This document is a practical manual to setting up and managing substance abuse prevention programmes in the enterprise. It describes the physiological effects of alcohol and drugs and the problems relating to intoxication, regular use and dependency as they affect the workplace. It presents a step-by-step guidance on designing, implementing and sustaining prevention programmes. It also provides examples of alcohol and drug policies from companies around the world, useful checklists, self-assessment tools and an extensive list of Internet, print and audiovisual resources. The document was prepared in collaboration with the United Nations Office of Drug Control and Crime Prevention (UNODC).