Publications & technical tools


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    The Economics of Safety, Health, and Well-Being at Work: An Overview

    01 May 2000

    Occupational injury and illness are matters of health, but they are also matters of economics, since they stem from work, and work is an economic activity. The purpose of this paper will be to indicate the most important contributions economic analysis has made to our understanding and management of OSH, and to suggest directions for future work in this area.

  2. Publication

    Labour Education 2000/1-2, Nos. 118/119

    01 January 2000

    Top on the agenda: Health and dafety in agriculture

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    Fact sheet on the Revised (2000) Edition of the ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses

    01 January 2000


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    The Economic Viewpoint in Occupational Safety and Health Supervision - Memorandum

    01 November 1999


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    Safety in the use of radiofrequency dielectric heaters and sealers. A practical guide (OSH 71)

    23 March 1998

    Covers the following topics: radiofrequency (RF) and electromagnetic radiation, sources, exposure and energy absorption, RF biological effects, occupational RF exposure standards and guidelines, exposure assessment, control technology, work practices and administrative controls, design and installation considerations, and medical surveillance.

  2. Occupational Safety and Health Series, No. 71

    Safety in the use of radiofrequency dielectric heaters and sealers: A practical guide

    23 March 1998

    This book provides basic guidance on working conditions and procedures that will lead to higher standards of safety for all personnel engaged in the operation and use of radio frequency heaters and sealers. It is intended in particular for the use of competent authorities, employers and workers and in general all persons in charge of occupational safety and health.

  3. Publication

    Safety in the use of radiofrequency dielectric heaters and sealers

    01 January 1998

    This document discusses the technical aspects of developing control technology that may be used to limit exposure of workers to emissions of radiofrequency (RF) electric and magnetic fields from dielectric heaters and sealers, RF heaters. This guide provides practical methods to install, design or retrofit this type of equipment which will minimize the user's exposure to RF fields.

  4. Occupational Safety and Health Series, No. 72

    Technical and ethical guidelines for workers' health surveillance

    01 January 1998

    The purpose of these guidelines is to assist all those who have responsibilities to design, establish, implement and manage workers' health surveillance schemes that will facilitate preventive action towards ensuring a healthy and safe working environment for all. As ILO guidelines, they are not a legally binding document; rather, they constitute practical recommendations.


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    Stress prevention for blue-collar workers in assembly-line production

    31 December 1997

    Assembly-line work is often performed in a workplace environment with physical problems, such as noise, vibrations and dangerous machines, which can be an important stress factor. This paper is aimed at providing concrete advice on how to prevent stress in assembly-line work.

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    IARC Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans: Silica

    20 May 1997

  3. Handbook

    Handbook for Joint Safety and Health Committees in the English-Speaking Caribbean

    01 March 1997

    The objective of this Handbook to provide some of these guidelines in a form that takes the specifics of the Caribbean into account.

  4. Sectoral working papers, 104

    Safety and health of meat, poultry and fish processing workers

    03 February 1997

    The main objective of this study is to explore and expose the safety and health issues of workers in these sectors and their implications for these industries. This should help employers, workers and the tripartite constituents to become more aware of these issues, which in turn should lead to their cooperative efforts in reducing the number of occupational accidents and diseases and improving productivity. Working papers are preliminary material circulated to stimulate discussion and critical comments.

  5. Publication

    Health impact of occupational risks in the informal sector in Zimbabwe

    01 January 1997

    The report outlines information from the literature on the sector, the jobs and work environment problems it involves and documented information on occupational injury and illness.


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    Stress prevention in the offshore oil and gas exploration and production industry

    31 December 1996

    The paper is aimed at providing information on how to identify stress among different groups of offshore workers on various types of installations or in varying locations; and identifying and selecting the options that are available to prevent or minimize the problems of stress offshore.

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    Occupational stress and stress prevention in air traffic control

    31 December 1996

    Air traffic controllers are generally considered one of the working groups having to deal with a highly demanding job. This paper is aimed at providing concrete advice on how to prevent stress in in air traffic control.

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    Bus drivers: Occupational stress and stress prevention

    31 December 1996

    Studies on the work and health of bus drivers yield comparable results: high demands, low control and low support. This combination spells stress and, consequently, an increased risk of physical and mental occupational ill health, leading to absenteeism and to decreased productivity of employees and enterprises. This paper is primarily directed at bus drivers in metropolitan areas, although many of the recommendations made are also valid for rural, long-distance drivers.

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    Work-related stress in nursing: Controlling the risk to health

    31 December 1996

    This paper focuses on the management of work-related stress in hospital-based nursing. It is written as an aid to both education and practical action.

  5. Publication

    International Basic Safety Standards for Protection Against Ionizing Radiation and for the Safety of Radiation Sources. IAEA Safety Series No. 115

    21 March 1996

    The purpose of the Standards is to establish basic requirements for protection against the risks associated with exposure to ionizing radiation and for the safety of radiation sources that may deliver such exposure. The Standards have been developed from widely accepted radiation protection and safety principles, such as those published in the Annals of the International Commission on Radiological Protection and the International Atomic Energy Agency Safety Series.

  6. Publication

    Screening and surveillance of workers exposed to mineral dusts

    01 January 1996

    Occupational exposure to mineral dust is a significant cause of work disability, morbidity and mortality in working populations worldwide. Pneumoconiosis - the fibrotic reation of pulmonary tissue to retained dust - is one of the major debilitating outcomes of such exposure. Other health problems including chronic bronchitis, chronic airflow limitation, pleural fibrosis, emphysema and certain cancers, as well as an increased risk of tuberculosis, are also associated with exposure to mineral dusts. Particularly in developing countries, workers with these diseases can go undiagnosed and untreated, and, worst of all, effective preventive measures are not taken because of a lack of awareness of the problem.


  1. Occupational Safety and Health Series, No. 70

    Visual display units: Radiation protection guidance

    23 March 1994

    The purpose of this guide is to provide an analysis of the data from surveys and measurements of radiation emissions from visual display units (VDUs), relate this to existing data on scientific biological effects and reach a conclusion regarding the safety of VDUs with respect to radiation emissions. The book is intended for the use of the competent authorities, employers and workers and their organizations, occupational safety and health specialists and VDU operators.