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 in Global Supply Chains

    19 December 2014 - 18 December 2018

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

  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. Workplaces and Industries for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth through Sharing Good Practices of GBA, OSH and IR Projects (InSIGHT Project)

    1 April 2015 - 31 March 2018

    The InSIGHT Project aims to promote mechanisms and practical approaches that enable industries and workplaces in the Asian region to become drivers of sustainable and inclusive growth.

  5. ILO/Japan Fund for Building Social Safety Nets in Asia and the Pacific (SSN Fund)

    15 June 2011 - 31 December 2017

    The SSN Fund aims to broaden the use of social safety nets through a wide range of projects to extend existing social security systems, promote occupational safety and health (OSH), develop human resources, strengthen labour inspection, eliminate forced labour and foster entrepreneurship. The Fund also responds to natural disasters by implementing crisis response activities in the affected areas to support disaster recovery.

  6. 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.

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

    22 October 2013 - 31 December 2016

    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.

  8. Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) Project - Phase 2

    3 January 2011 - 31 December 2016

    The Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) programme is a global technical assistance programme developed by the ILO to support small and medium sized enterprises’ (SMEs) development and create decent work. The SCORE programme aims to solve problems faced by SMEs through a short-term training for managers and employees, along with on-site expert consultations and guidance.

  9. 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.

  10. Improving Labour Law Compliance and Building Sound Labour Practices in the Export Oriented Shrimp Sector in Bangladesh

    1 August 2013 - 31 December 2015

    The Shrimp project is funded by the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) and aims to promote better labour law compliance with international labour standards, particularly fundamental principles and rights at work in the export-oriented shrimp sector.