Publications & technical tools


  1. Publication

    Safety and Health in Agriculture. Code of practice

    28 November 2011

    This code of practice is intended to raise awareness of the hazards and risks associated with agriculture and promote their effective management and control; to help prevent occupational accidents and diseases and improve the working environment in practice; to encourage governments, employers, workers and other stakeholders to cooperate to prevent accidents and diseases; and to promote more positive attitudes and behaviour towards occupational safety and health in agriculture throughout the sector.

  2. Publication

    ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses (digital format)

    17 November 2011

    Set of ILO Standard Digital Images in DICOM format, accompanied by the paperback booklet, "Guidelines for the use of the ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses".

  3. Occupational Safety and Health Series No. 22 (Rev. 2011)

    Guidelines for the use of the ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses, Revised edition 2011

    17 November 2011

    This revised (2011) edition of the Guidelines for the use of the ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses extends the applicability of the Classification to digital radiographic images of the chest, as described in a new chapter 6 (page 14). Chapters 1 through 5 are identical to those that appeared in the preceding (2000) edition of the Guidelines. That text remains applicable as written for classifying conventional film-screen radiographs and the associated sets of ILO standard radiographs remain available from the ILO.

  4. Publication

    Radiation protection and safety of radiation sources: International basic safety standards – Interim edition

    03 November 2011

    The objective of this Safety Requirements publication (General Safety Requirements Part 3) is to establish, on the basis of the safety objective and principles established in the Fundamental Safety Principles, requirements for the protection of people and the environment from harmful effects of ionizing radiation and for the safety of radiation sources.

  5. Briefing note

    Information Note on International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSC)

    18 October 2011

    The ICSC project is a joint undertaking between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Office (ILO), with the cooperation of the European Commission. The technical Secretariat is provided by WHO.

  6. Publication

    Guidelines on HIV and AIDS for the postal sector

    01 October 2011

    The International Labour Office (ILO), through its Programme on HIV and AIDS and the World of Work (ILO/AIDS) and the Sectoral Activities Department (SECTOR), in collaboration with the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and UNI Global Union (formerly Union Network International) have contributed to the formulation of the present Guidelines on HIV and AIDS and the postal sector and participated in the implementation of the first phase of the campaign in the following seven selected pilot countries: Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, China, Estonia, Mali and Nigeria.

  7. Publication

    XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work - ILO Introductory Report: Global Trends and Challenges on Occupational Safety and Health

    12 September 2011

    This Introductory Report concerns some of the achievements and challenges of the last three years since the adoption of the Seoul Declaration on Safety and Health at Work at the XVIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work for building a preventative safety and health culture. How to meet these challenges will be the subject of much discussion and debate at the Congress itself, which it is hoped will be another significant landmark in the history of promoting a preventative safety and health culture across the world.

  8. Publication

    A Guide to Selected Labour Inspection Systems (with special reference to OSH)

    08 August 2011

    This “Guide to Selected Labour Inspection Systems” is part of a research programme in the area of labour administration and labour inspection carried out by the ILO Labour Inspection and Administration Programme (LAB/ADMIN) with a view to better understanding the functioning of the various systems in the world.

  9. ILO Periodical

    World of Work Magazine n°72, August 2011 - Fighting discrimination at work: Progress at risk

    05 August 2011

    This issue of the ILO magazine focuses on discrimination at work and also features stories from the world of work: Domestic work, Gender-based violence, social justice...

  10. Policy

    Report of the Working Group on Occupational Safety and Health for the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012 to 2017)

    01 August 2011

    The report is a document of action-focused legislative and pragmatic interventions to transform the existing state of occupational safety and health (OSH) in the country both in the formal and informal sectors of economic activity through proactive approaches and implementation of the National Policy on Safety, Health and Environment at Workplace by all stake holders.

  11. Publication

    Children in hazardous work: What we know, what we need to do

    10 June 2011

    This report reviews the current state of knowledge concerning children in hazardous work and presents the case for a new focus on the issue as part of the wider global effort to eliminate the worst forms of child labour. For more information on this report or to order copies, please contact

  12. Publication

    Executive summary of Children in Hazardous Work. What we know, what we need to do

    09 June 2011

    This report reviews the current state of knowledge concerning children in hazardous work and presents the case for a new focus on the issue as part of the wider global effort to eliminate the worst forms of child labour.

  13. Briefing note

    Acute mental care policy in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, Japan, 2011

    08 June 2011

    The earthquake that struck Tohoku, Japan, on March 11th 2011, was the worst massive earthquake in the last two decades in this country, following those happened in Kobe in 1995 and in Niigata in 2006. The comprehensive picture of Japanese mental health care after the Tohoku earthquakes will be reported soon elsewhere, here some of the general principles of post-disaster mental health care are presented. These basic principles are also outlined in the Guidelines for Local Mental Health Care Activities after a Disaster in more detail. Although the guidelines were prepared prior to the Tohoku earthquakes, the following will introduce the basic principles of mental health care activities that can be applicable to the Tohoku relief effort.

  14. Briefing note

    ILO tools and resources for safety and health at work in recovery and reconstruction following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami

    08 June 2011

    In recovery efforts after natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunami, in areas where roads have suffered great damage and the supplies of water, electricity, and other utilities are cut off, work is carried out amidst the scatter of fallen trees and other debris; because this kind of worksite differs in many ways from regular worksites, it is essential to pay increased attention to, and to take extra measures to protect the health and safety of, workers. The ILO has provided international labor standards to secure the health and safety of workers and, including practical guidelines, operational rules that cover various points to keep in mind to protect worker health and safety. Of these, the most relevant to work connected with recovery and reconstruction after earthquakes and other natural disasters is the Convention Concerning Safety and Health in Construction (No. 167) (unratified by Japan). Other ILO documents dealing with occupational health and safety in the construction industry include "How to prevent accidents on small construction sites" and the ILO Code of Practice — "Safety and health in construction", and the “Disaster, Natural and Technological” chapter in the "ILO Encyclopaedia of Occupational Health and Safety". Besides the things mentioned in the Convention, another especially important concern in recovery and reconstruction after an earthquake is how to deal with asbestos and dust.

  15. Briefing note

    Radiation safety and protection of workers in nuclear and radiological emergency operations

    14 April 2011

    Workers working in response to the emergency at the site of the Fukushima Daiichi's nuclear plant are exposed to traditional OSH risks including explosion and fire as well as to radiation. The International Basic Safety Standards for Protection against Ionizing Radiation and for the Safety of Radiation Sources (BSS) provide a worldwide basis for harmonized radiation protection standards that complement the ILO Convention No. 115 and for the protection of workers engaged in nuclear and radiological emergency operation.

  16. Publication

    Radiation protection of workers

    11 April 2011

    SafeWork Information Note Series, Information Note No. 1

  17. Publication

    Criteria for use in preparedness and response for a nuclear or radiological emergency: General safety guide

    01 February 2011

    This Safety Guide is intended to assist Member States in the application of the Safety Requirements publication on Preparedness and Response for a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency (IAEA Safety Standards Series No. GS-R-2), and to help in the fulfilment of the IAEA’s obligations under the Assistance Convention. It provides generic criteria for protective actions and other response actions in the case of a nuclear or radiological emergency, including numerical values of these criteria. It also presents operational criteria derived from specific generic criteria.


  1. Publication

    Green jobs in construction: Small changes – big effect

    01 December 2010

    Construction was the first specific sector of the economy to be addressed in the ILO’s Green Jobs Initiative. The sector is responsible for 25-40 per cent of global energy use, and 30–40 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Andrew Bibby, a London-based journalist, reports from the suburb of Khayelitsha, Cape Town’s largest informal settlement, where the Kuyasa Initiative has targeted 2,000 homes for basic energy-saving measures, creating jobs at the same time.

  2. Occupational Safety and Health Series, No. 74

    List of occupational diseases (revised 2010). Identification and recognition of occupational diseases: Criteria for incorporating diseases in the ILO list of occupational diseases

    01 December 2010

    The number of physical, chemical, biological and psychosocial factors affecting workers’ health is constantly on the rise. The ILO has been responding to the challenge of creating safe and healthy working conditions since its founding in 1919. Agreed by governments as well as employers’ and workers’ organizations, this new list, approved in March 2010, reflects the state of the art in the identification and recognition of occupational diseases. The list, annexed here to the List of Occupational Diseases Recommendation, 2002 (No. 194), is designed to assist countries in their prevention, recording, notification and, if applicable, compensation of diseases caused by work.

  3. Publication

    The Joint WHO-ILO-UNAIDS policy guidelines on improving health workers’ access to HIV and TB prevention, treatment, care and support services: A guidance note

    25 November 2010

    Health workers often lack adequate access to preventive measures such as personal protective supplies or equipments as well as treatment access. The Joint WHO-ILO-UNAIDS 14-point policy guidelines have been developed to respond to this need and contribute to the promotion of universal access to HIV and TB prevention, treatment, care and support.