Technical cooperation activities in occupational safety and health

Occupational safety and health (OSH) is an essential component of the Decent Work Agenda. ILO specialists at the headquarters and in the field manage a variety of projects focusing on OSH. Other projects may incorporate an OSH component. The overall purpose is to encourage national action on the improvement of OSH and working conditions for the protection of workers’ health.

The ILO facilitates international technical cooperation on OSH with a view to assist countries, particularly developing countries, for the following purposes:
  • strengthen their capacity for the establishment and maintenance of a national preventative safety and health culture;
  • promote a management systems approach to occupational safety and health; and
  • promote the ratification, in the case of Conventions, and implementation of instruments of the ILO relevant to the promotional framework for occupational safety and health.

Projects and programmes

  1. Vision Zero Fund

    1 June 2016 - 1 June 2020

    The G7-initiated Vision Zero Fund initiative (VZF) aims to prevent work-related deaths, injuries and diseases in global supply chains.

  2. OSH for Young Workers and Young Employers in Global Supply Chains—Building a Culture of Prevention

    1 January 2017 - 31 December 2018

    The project seeks to reduce workplace injuries, fatalities, and occupational diseases through increased preventative safety actions by young workers and young employers in Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Viet Nam.

  3. SafeYouth@Work Project: Building a Generation of Safe and Healthy Workers

    19 December 2014 - 18 December 2018

    The US Department of Labor-funded SafeYouth@Work project aims to promote the occupational safety and health (OSH) of young workers, with a focus on those aged 15 to 24.

  4. Modernizing International Networking in Occupational Safety and Health

    1 January 2015 - 31 December 2017

    This project seeks to modernize ILO international networking in the occupational safety and health (OSH) field through strengthening institutional capacities to acquire and use knowledge and information for prevention globally.

  5. OSH in Global Supply Chains

    1 March 2016 - 31 August 2017

    ILO-EU project to improve the knowledge base on safety and health in global supply chains to support G20 work on safer workplaces

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    Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector in Bangladesh

    22 October 2013 - 30 June 2017

    Improving Working Conditions in the Ready-Made Garment Sector Programme In Bangladesh is an initiative of the Government of Bangladesh, implemented by International Labour Organization and funded by Canada, the Netherlands and the UK. The three-and-a-half year initiative focuses on improving RMG factory building safety, workers’ rights and overall working conditions in Bangladesh.

  7. Improving Fire and General Building Safety

    8 November 2013 - 31 January 2017

    The Improving Fire and General Building Safety in Bangladesh project aims to improve fire and building safety in the Ready Made Garment sector by providing support to the Government of Bangladesh to enhance capacity of the enforcing and implementing agencies.

  8. Improving Occupational Health and Safety in Turkey through compliance with International Labour Standards

    12 January 2015 - 11 January 2016

    The objective of this project is to facilitate the improvement of OSH in Turkey in line with international commitments made, in particular in the areas of mining and construction, in consultation with the tripartite constituents.

  9. Occupational Safety and Health Development in Nepal (SHIELD)

    15 August 2013 - 30 November 2015

    The project contributes to the socio-economic development of Nepal by enhancing the application of International Labour Standards and modernizing occupational safety and health services.

  10. IPA 2010 on Human Resources Development programme

    1 January 2012 - 31 January 2015

    A €3 million project has started in Albania to support labour market institutions to improve their efficiency in increasing the employability of the Albanian labour force in line with the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) international labour standards and the principles and guidelines of the European Union (EU).