Technical cooperation activities in occupational safety and health
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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. Improving job quality in Africa (WISE programme)

    1 June 2008 - 28 February 2010

    This project began in June 2008 and will be completed in February 2010. Funded by DANIDA, the project has worked together with governments, employers and unions in Mozambique and Tanzania to improve the working conditions of men’s and women’s work in the formal and informal economy. Key project activities have included the adaptation and application of a survey tool on working conditions and the completion of national policy and legal reviews, leading to the publication of national profiles on working conditions for both project countries. In addition, the project has developed and piloted extension modules and guides for the WISE training programme, now published as a WISE+ package.

  2. Developing an OSH promotional culture in small island developing states

    1 January - 31 December 2009

    Increasing the capacity of constituents to develop and implement laws, policies and programmes for improving OSH and contributing to environmental protection measures

  3. Work Improvements in Small Enterprises programme (WISE+)

    1 January 1988 - 1 December 2009

    Work Improvement in Small Enterprises (WISE) is a training programme that empowers small and medium enterprises to take practical and low-cost action to improve working conditions.

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