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. Linking safety and health at work to sustainable economic development

    1 December 2009 - 31 December 2011

    The focus of the project will be on developing global products to support national and local level actions to help prevent human suffering, exclusion from the labour market, and economic costs to employers and governments. Guided by the provisions of C.187 and priorities identified by constituents in the Decent Work Country Programmes (DWCPs) framework and country priority outcomes, the project will support efforts in creating a preventive safety and health culture and a systems approach to occupational safety and health (OSH). This takes on added importance in the present global crisis, which could undermine any efforts in the OSH field.

  2. Fiji: Green jobs in the waste management sector

    10 January 2010 - 22 December 2011

    Capacity building and the promotion of occupational safety and health standards have led to the creation of green jobs in Fiji’s waste management sector.

  3. Boosting youth employment using an integrated approach in the framework of DWCPs in Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan

    1 January 2006 - 31 December 2010

  4. Improving working and living conditions for agricultural families programme (WIND)

    1 January 1985 - 1 December 2010

    The Work Improvement in Neighbourhood Development (WIND) programme is a participatory and action-oriented training programme designed to address the special circumstances faced by agricultural families

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. Improvement of the national OSH system through development of the institution of safety representatives in Uzbekistan

    1 January 2008 - 31 December 2009

  8. Occupational safety and health in Central Asia – Prevention at work, protection for life

    1 January 2008 - 31 December 2009

  9. Promotion of safe work and equal opportunities at SME’s in Armenia

    1 January 2008 - 31 December 2009

  10. Combating Child Labour in Central Asia – Commitment becomes Action (PROACT-CAR Phase II)

    1 January 2008 - 31 December 2009