Safety and health at work

Every 15 seconds, a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease.
Every 15 seconds, 153 workers have a work-related accident.

Every day, 6,300 people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases – more than 2.3 million deaths per year. 317 million accidents occur on the job annually; many of these resulting in extended absences from work. The human cost of this daily adversity is vast and the economic burden of poor occupational safety and health practices is estimated at 4 per cent of global Gross Domestic Product each year.

The ILO aims to create worldwide awareness of the dimensions and consequences of work-related accidents, injuries and diseases and to place the health and safety of all workers on the international agenda and to stimulate and support practical action at all levels.

Decent work is safe work.


World Day for Safety and Health at Work - 28 April

World Day for Safety and Health at Work
This year, “Workplace Stress: a collective challenge” is the theme of the campaign of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The report will draw attention to current global trends on work-related stress and its impact.
Today, many workers are facing greater pressure to meet the demands of modern working life. Psychosocial risks such as increased competition, higher expectations on performance and longer working hours are contributing to the workplace becoming an ever more stressful environment.

Creating safe and healthy workplaces

  1. This app series is a new digital tool for improving occupational safety and health in the workplace. Users can explore illustrated descriptions of each checkpoint and create interactive checklists tailored to their workplace. Each app also includes best practice recommendations for taking action and implementing effective improvements.

  2. Stress Prevention

    50 easy-to-implement checkpoints for identifying sources of stress in the workplace and mitigating their harmful effects.

  3. Ergonomics

    132 realistic and flexible solutions to ergonomic problems, applicable across a whole range of workplace situations.

  4. Ergonomics in Agriculture

    100 practical actions to improve safety and health and increase productivity, tailored for rural and agricultural settings.