Every year more than 1.1 million people die from occupational accidents or work-related diseases in Asia and the Pacific. The poorest, least protected, least informed and least trained are the most affected. Women, children, disabled workers, migrant workers, and ethnic minorities are often involved.
Occupational accidents and diseases have an impact not only on the lives of individual workers, but also on the productivity and profitability of their enterprises and ultimately on the welfare of the whole society. Governments, workers and employers in Asia and the Pacific are increasing their efforts to prevent accidents and diseases at the workplace. The ILO works with them to strengthen national occupational safety and health (OSH) systems, including labour inspections, occupational injury reporting, training and information, and national OSH campaigns.
The ILO also assists countries with developing and implementing their strategic National OSH Programmes, to create a preventative safety and health culture and reach more workers, including migrants and those in the informal economy. The ILO also works together with the government, workers’ and employers’ organizations to promote research, information dissemination, and practical training activities.
If work is to be decent, it must be safe. Improving safety and health at work continues to be a key element in realizing the goals of the Asian Decent Work Decade.
National OSH programmes, profiles and policy documents
- ASEAN: The ASEAN Occupational Safety and Health Network: Good occupational safety and health practices 2008/2009
- Cambodia: The first occupational safety and health master plan 2009 - 2013
- Cambodia: The overview of occupational safety and health in Cambodia
- Indonesia: Vision, mission, policy, strategy and program of National Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) 2007-2010
- India: National Policy on Safety, Health and Environment at Workplace
- Lao PDR: 2nd National Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)Programme: Lao PDR 2011-2015
- Malaysia: Occupational Safety and Health Master Plan for Malaysia 2015
- Mongolia: National occupational safety and health profile of Mongolia
- Singapore: Workplace safety and health profile: Singapore (2008)
- Thailand: Integrating occupational health services into public health systems : a model developed with Thailand's primary care units
- Thailand: The second master plan on occupational safety, health and working environment (A.D. 2007-2011) A.D. 2009 revision
- Thailand: National profile on occupational safety and health of Thailand 2012
- Vietnam: National profile on occupational safety and health and fire - Explosion prevention in Vietnam, period 2005-2009
- Vietnam: Vietnam: National programme on labour protection, occupational health and occupational safety up to 2010
- Vietnam: National programme on occupational safety and occupational health in period of 2011-2015
Training programmes and materials
- Participatory Action-Oriented Training (PAOT): is a practical method to support workplace initiatives based on self-help voluntary actions.
- Work Improvement for Migrant Workers and their Employers (WIMWE): Action manual for improving safety, health and influenza preparedness for migrant workers, their employers and the workplace.
- WARM: Work Adjustment for Recycling and Managing Waste Action manual for waste collectors and communities to promote their joint actions in improving safety, health and efficiency in waste collection and management
- Developing the WIND training programme in Asia: Participatory approaches to improving safety, health and working conditions of farmers (Full): This book will give an insight into participatory approaches for those who plan to apply the WIND programme and also for those who are interested in achieving local developments in a participatory manner.
- Work Improvement in Neighbourhood Development programme (WIND): training programme on safety, health and working conditions in agriculture: is a participatory, action-oriented training programme for improving farmers’ safety, health and working conditions.
- Work Improvement in Small Enterprises (WISE): plays dynamic roles in helping employers and workers of small enterprises to improve their working conditions and productivity by using low-cost methodologies.
- Work Improvement for Safe Home (WISH): Action manual for improving safety, health and working conditions of home workers: responds to immediate needs of home workers and provides them with practical, easy-to-implement ideas to improve their safety, health and working conditions.
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Prevention and Control of Pandemic influenza
- Protecting your employees and business from pandemic human influenza: Action manual for small and medium-sized enterprises
- Protecting your health and business from avian influenza: Action manual for farmers and poultry workers
- Tips on protecting your employees from pandemic human influenza
- Prevent and Prepare for Pandemics: Business Continuity Planning for Small and Medium Enterprises
ILO key OSH instruments and materials
- C155 - Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981 (No. 155)
- P155 - Protocol of 2002 to the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981
- C187 Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006
- Guidelines on occupational safety and health management systems, ILO-OSH 2001
- Plan of action (2010-2016) to achieve widespread ratification and effective implementation of the occupational safety and health instruments (Convention No. 155, its 2002 Protocol and Convention No. 187)
- Encyclopedia of OSH
- Workplace Health and Safety Information
Other OSH information materials and documents
- Research on occupational safety and health for migrant workers in five Asia and the Pacific countries: Australia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand
- 10 steps for a safer & health workplace
- Good practices in safety, health and working conditions: home workers, farmers and construction workers in Cambodia, Mongolia, and Thailand
- Promoting occupational health services for workers in the informal economy through primary care units
- Labour and social trends in ASEAN 2007: Integration, challenges and opportunities (OSH chapter included)
- Participatory approaches to improving safety, health and working conditions in informal economy workplaces. Experiences of Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam
- International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre (CIS)
- Collections of other OSH sites
- Programme on Safety and Health at Work and the Environment (SafeWork)
- Work Improvement Network (WIN) Asia
For further information please contact:
Ms Ingrid Christensen
Senior Specialist on Occupational Safety and Health
10th floor, United Nations Building, Rajdanmern Nok Avenue
Tel: + 662 288 1743
Fax: + 662 288 3058