Publications & technical tools


  1. Publication

    Protecting workers: occupational safety and health in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

    17 April 2021

    Rapid Needs Assessment & Response Plans: Preparation Guidelines for Country Level Interventions

  2. © ILO 2024

    Briefing note

    Impact of COVID-19 in the meat processing sector

    09 February 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to exert pressures on the agri-food industry both from the business and workers’ sides, with some sectors shouldering a particularly high burden. The meat processing sector is one of them. As the effects of the pandemic on our food systems continue to unfold, the learnings from the outbreaks in processing plants in several major meat-producing countries are catalysing reforms that should contribute to the sustainable development of the sector.

  3. Publication

    COVID-19: Occupational health and safety for health workers

    05 February 2021

    This WHO-ILO document provides guidance on occupational health and safety measures for health workers and occupational health services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also outlines the rights and responsibilities for health and safety at work for health workers according to the standards of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The document is intended for employers and health-facility managers, health workers and their representatives, occupational health and safety experts, infection prevention and control experts in public and private health facilities and policy-makers at national and subnational levels.

  4. © ILO 2024

    Briefing note

    Impact of COVID-19 on the construction sector

    25 January 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the construction sector, which is sensitive to economic cycles. Yet, on the upside, construction holds much potential to stimulate recovery, thanks to its potential to create jobs; and in turn, recovery measures can support the sector’s transformation towards sustainability and digitalization. Tripartite cooperation and social dialogue, together with international labour standards, are key to promote a human-centred recovery of the construction sector from the crisis.


  1. Publication

    Safety + Health for All - Key facts and figures (2016-2020)

    15 December 2020

    An ILO Flagship Programme

  2. Publication

    Promoting the health of Migrant Workers in the WHO European Region during COVID-19

    06 November 2020

    This interim guidance is intended to support WHO European Region Member States and partners in promoting the health of migrant workers in particular through effective approaches and best practices in enhancing preparedness, prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as considerations for mitigating the negative socioeconomic impact of the pandemic.

  3. Publication

    Quick guide on sources and uses of statistics on occupational safety and health

    29 October 2020

  4. © The National Guard 2024

    Briefing note

    COVID-19 and care workers providing home or institution-based care

    16 October 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to the already overburdened and understaffed home and institution-based care sector in many countries. This brief highlights the challenges faced in the recruitment, deployment, retention and protection of sufficient numbers of well-trained and motivated care workers. Sustainable investment in health and social care systems, including in the workforce itself, and in decent working conditions are needed to ensure the preparedness and resilience of the sector in times of crisis and beyond. Ensuring that care workers, together with their employers and other relevant stakeholders have an opportunity to make their voices heard is critical if they are to play a full and active role in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  5. © Mwasalat 2024

    Briefing note

    COVID-19 and Urban Passenger Transport Services

    05 October 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unparalleled consequences to urban passenger transport services. The impact on the different urban mobility modes is widespread but a common denominator has been the decline of ridership across all modes. Urban transport workers are serving those who serve: hospital, care and other critical service workers. Yet, they can find themselves at the forefront of service provision during the pandemic and may be at high risk of illness. This policy brief seeks to summarize the issues relating to COVID-19 and urban passenger transport workers. The brief discusses the mains impacts of the pandemic in the sector. It also includes information on the tripartite and sectoral measures that employers, workers and governments have taken to support the sector and its workers, and on the ILO’s principles and tools, including international labour standards.

  6. © WaterAid 2024

    Briefing note

    Hand hygiene at the workplace: an essential occupational safety and health prevention and control measure against COVID-19

    08 September 2020

  7. Workplace violence and harassment

    Safe and healthy working environments free from violence and harassment

    24 July 2020

    The ILO launches a new report “Safe and healthy working environments free from violence and harassment” which examines prevention through OSH frameworks.

  8. Publication

    Safety and health in micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises: A collection of five case studies

    28 May 2020

    The five case studies - conducted in Cameroon, Colombia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Tunisia – describe the occupational safety and health (OSH) situation in MSMEs and the initiatives adopted in this field.

  9. Briefing note

    A safe and healthy return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic

    21 May 2020

    This guidance note aims to assist governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations in developing national policy guidance for a phased and safe return to work, and provide guidelines for workplace-level risk assessments and implementation of preventive and protective measures according to a hierarchy of controls.

  10. Report for World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2020

    In the face of a pandemic: Ensuring Safety and Health at Work

    28 April 2020

  11. Chris Laszcz-Davis

    The new world battleground with Covid-19: Challenges, partnerships, impact and business

    20 April 2020

    Chris Laszcz-Davis, President, The Environmental Quality Organization, USA

  12. Richard Jones

    Covid-19: How do OSH professionals impact public-policy?

    20 April 2020

    Richard Jones, Head of Policy and Regulatory Engagement, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, UK

  13. Michelle M. Robertson & Kathleen Mosier

    Work from home: Human factors/ergonomics considerations for teleworking

    20 April 2020

    Michelle M. Robertson, Executive Committee, International Ergonomics Association; Kathleen Mosier, President, International Ergonomics Association, USA

  14. Sara Albolino & Kathleen Mosier

    Work at the Sharp End: Human factors/ergonomics for protecting healthcare workers and patients

    20 April 2020

    Sara Albolino, Vice President/Secretary General, International Ergonomics Association, Italy; Kathleen Mosier, President, International Ergonomics Association, USA

  15. Lode Godderis

    Good jobs to minimize the impact of Covid-19 on health inequity

    20 April 2020

    Lode Godderis - Centre for Environment and Health, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Belgium

  16. Publication

    Drivers and constraints for occupational safety and health improvement in the global textile supply chain from Madagascar

    08 April 2020

    Case Study