Publications & technical tools


  1. Publication

    Developing a National GHS Implementation Strategy

    19 July 2022

    A Guidance Document to support implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)

  2. Publication

    Guidelines on general principles of labour inspection

    03 May 2022

  3. Publication

    Framework for Action on Chemicals and Wastes

    08 April 2022

    The ILO aims to promote activities to better engage ministries of labour, employers’ and workers’ organizations, as well as other world of work stakeholders, in the sound management of chemicals at all levels of governance. The development of an ILO Framework for Action on Chemicals and Waste (Framework) is envisaged to define action areas and priorities for the engagement of world of work actors on chemicals management at the international level. The Framework aims to identify concrete actions where the labour sector has either a lead or important supporting role to play in the sound management of chemicals, recognizing the need for multi-sectoral cooperation. This paper is available for comment by constituents and interested parties.

  4. Publication

    The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS): Brochure

    08 April 2022

    This brochure provides an overview of the GHS and how it relates to occupational safety and health and International Labour Standards

  5. Publication

    Diagnostic and exposure criteria for occupational diseases - Guidance notes for diagnosis and prevention of the diseases in the ILO List of Occupational Diseases (revised 2010)

    03 February 2022

  6. Publication

    Guidance on occupational safety and health for domestic workers and employers to prevent and mitigate COVID-19

    21 January 2022

  7. Publication

    Exposure to Mercury in the world of work: A review of the evidence and key priority actions

    18 January 2022

  8. Publication

    Support Kit for Developing Occupational Safety and Health Legislation

    13 January 2022

    The Support Kit for Developing OSH Legislation aims to provide guidance to ILO constituents in the establishment or reform of OSH laws by systematically articulating and analysing the key principles and components of a sound, prevention-centred framework OSH law that follows a state-of-the-art regulatory approach. To this end, it identifies the essential elements of national OSH normative frameworks stemming from international labour standards, ILO codes of practice and guidelines and cutting-edge national OSH laws. It captures and discusses to the extent possible various policy and design choices and showcases examples of legislative elements from countries with different legal traditions to enrich and broaden the users’ perspective.


  1. Publication

    Safety + Health for All Strategy

    02 December 2021

    Phase II (2021 -2025)

  2. Publication

    Conducting Occupational Safety and Health Inspections in Agricultural Undertakings - A guide for labour Inspectors

    19 November 2021

  3. Publication

    Fire Risk Management

    19 November 2021

  4. Publication

    Principles and guidelines for human factors / ergonomics (HFE) design and management of work systems.

    04 November 2021

  5. Publication

    Implementation Guide for SCORE Training

    18 October 2021

    This step-by-step implementation guide is designed for staff from the ILO and other organizations such as business associations, government agencies and training providers that want to offer SCORE Training to enterprises. This manual is intended to help set up and run the training programme from inception through to successful offering of the service. It can also be used as background information for other actors who may participate in the running and organization of the programme, such as expert trainers or new programme staff.

  6. Publication

    Prevention and mitigation of Covid-19 in the informal economy through safety and health: An action-oriented tool for supporting street and market vendors

    14 October 2021

    This tool is addressed to the public authorities, workers’ and employers’ organizations, informal economy organizations and other stakeholders, who are willing to help street and market vendors improve their safety and health conditions to prevent the risk of contagion and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 at work.

  7. Publication

    The GHS in the world of work: Mapping synergies between ILO Instruments and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)

    03 September 2021

    This report explores critical synergies between the GHS and the ILO’s instruments on chemicals and occupational safety and health, with an aim to further promote GHS implementation and an even greater engagement of the world of work in global efforts toward the safer management of chemicals.

  8. © ILO 2022

    Briefing note

    COVID-19 and the port sector

    05 July 2021

    Ports provide key infrastructure in support of international trade and the global economy. They vary in size from wharves handling at most a few hundred tonnes of cargo a year to large international ports or multi-modal hubs combining a broad range of logistical services, from warehousing to total supply chain management. During the COVID-19 pandemic, ports have had to adjust to the reality of lower volumes, worker shortages, the implementation of occupational health and safety measures for dockers and shore personnel, and the adoption of teleworking and remote operations for office workers. In some countries, calls by cruise ships have come to a halt. This policy brief summarizes the issues relating to COVID-19 and decent work challenges in the port sector.

  9. Publication

    Key principles underlying sanctioning procedures applicable to occupational safety and health violations

    02 June 2021

    This brief is aimed to equip policymakers and lawmakers with an overview of the main guiding principles that should underpin administrative and judicial sanctioning procedures applicable to OSH infractions to ensure that they are effective and fair.

  10. Policy brief

    Preventing and mitigating COVID-19 at work

    19 May 2021

    The ILO and WHO publish a brief providing a literature review on common features of workplaces most affected by the new corona virus and the most effective measures adopted by countries to prevent and mitigate COVID-19 at work. The brief gives practical guidance for national and local authorities as well as employers and workers’ representatives for the implementation of WHO and ILO recommendations to prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and manage COVID-19 outbreaks at work in non-healthcare settings.

  11. Publication

    Improving occupational safety and health in small and medium-sized enterprises – Training module

    17 May 2021

  12. Chemical safety

    Exposure to hazardous chemicals at work and resulting health impacts: A global review

    07 May 2021

    This report provides the most recent evidence base for chemical exposures and resulting health impacts in the world of work, as well as insights into regional trends, gender considerations and priority action areas.