Publications and technical tools

Checkpoints: Creating better workplaces

  1. The Checkpoints 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.


  1. How to prevent accidents on small construction sites

    01 January 2003

  2. Helping small businesses prevent substance abuse

    01 January 2003

    Provides background information and a framework for the development and implementation of a prevention-oriented approach to workplace substance abuse.

  3. Company cases and cross-company initiatives: Working conditions improvement in Haiti

    01 January 2003

    The publication intends to report on some of the changes that have been taking place in Haitian garment factories as a result of the ILO-USDOL project "Improving working conditions and productivity in the garment industry in Haiti".

  4. Technical Guidelines for the Environmentally Sound Management of the Full and Partial Dismantling of Ships, Basel Convention of UNEP, Geneva, 2003

    01 January 2003

  5. WISCON - Work Improvement in Small Construction Sites: action checklist

    01 January 2003

    Contains action checklist for work improvement in the small construction sites.


  1. Preparedness and response for a nuclear or radiological emergency : Safety requirements

    01 November 2002

    This Safety Requirements publication establishes the requirements for an adequate level of preparedness and response for a nuclear or radiological emergency in any State. Their implementation is intended to minimize the consequences for people, property and the environment of any nuclear or radiological emergency.

  2. Social dialogue in the health services. Institutions, capacity and effectiveness. Report JMHS/2002

    12 September 2002

    Describes approaches to social dialogue and the institutions required for its development, including ILO's role. Includes brief case studies from several countries.

  3. Improved security of seafarer’s identification. Report 91 VII (1)

    16 August 2002

    International Labour Conference, 91st Session 2003. Report VII (1) This report reviews various means of increasing the security of seafarers' identification with a view to the adoption of a Protocol to the Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention, 1958 (No. 108).

  4. Standards, Principles and Approaches in Occupational Health Services

    01 July 2002

  5. Labour inspection. A guide to the profession

    24 April 2002

    Labour Inspection is an authoritative, comprehensive guide to labour inspection and its fundamental principles. It emphasizes that labour inspection is a profession in its own right, and requires a professional approach. It presents policy issues in an international context, while examining how the major, foreseeable developments in economics, the labour market, technology, as well as national, sectoral, and enterprise social structures, affect labour inspection

  6. New challenges and opportunities for occupational safety and health in a globalized world

    01 April 2002

    Globalisation of the economy has intensified over the recent years and, together with the development of the new information and telecommunications technology, it is bringing about radical changes in society, comparable to those produced during the industrial revolution. Occupational safety and health (OSH) cannot ignore those changes. And, in this context, the greatest challenge for the countries is the transformation of the difficulties involved in adapting to the new situation into opportunities for the future development of OSH.

  7. Barefoot Economics: Assessing the economic value of developing an healthy work environment

    01 February 2002

    The objective of this publication is to provide a practical evaluation tool to entrepreneurs and all those actively involved in the decision making within enterprises, to meet this challenge by creating healthier and more productive workplaces. An attempt to present practical tools of a different type is given in this publication.

  8. Labour inspection. A guide to the profession

    01 January 2002

  9. Guidelines for the use of the ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses, 2000 edition

    01 January 2002

  10. Children at work: Health and safety risks

    01 January 2002

    This second edition of this useful and informative book provides an approach to the protection of children through the development of a programme on occupational safety and health specifically addressed to working children. It illustrates how this can be done within a framework of a national policy aimed at the elimination of child labour.

  11. Health and safety at work: A trade union priority

    01 January 2002

    Figures appearing in this issue of Labour Education 2002/1 No. 126, are shocking: every day sees 5,000 people die from work-related accidents. That is three deaths every minute. Work-related diseases continue to take a heavy toll,affecting at any given time more than 160 million people in both developing and industrialized countries. This is an important issue for all of society, as these casualties help swell the pressures on increasingly stretched public health systems throughout the world. In consequence, the costs and the social impacts on communities have risen.


  1. Guidelines on occupational safety and health management systems (ILO-OSH 2001)

    06 December 2001

    At the onset of the twenty-first century, a heavy human and economic toll is still exacted by work-related injuries, ill health, diseases, incidents and deaths. These Guidelines call for coherent policies to protect workers from occupational hazards and risks while improving productivity. They present practical approaches and tools for assisting organizations, competent national institutions, employers, workers and other social partners in establishing, implementing and improving occupational safety and health management systems, with the aim of reducing work-related injuries, ill health, diseases, incidents and deaths.

  2. The construction industry in the twenty-first century: Its image, employment prospects and skill requirements

    29 October 2001

    The report was prepared for the 2001 ILO Tripartite Meeting on the Construction Industry. The main theme of the report is changing employment relationships and industrial structures in the construction industry and the impact of these changes on the quality of employment in the industry. The report reviews changes in the construction industry in the 1990s and considers directions for the future.

  3. Guidance for the prevention of stress and violence at the workplace

    16 October 2001

    This guidance addresses the nature of stress and violence at work, whether and how work stress and violence affect health and well-being, and what can be done to eliminate or reduce these problems. Employers, employees and their respective organisations are encourage to use this guidance, implement and continually refine their actions and programmes to eliminate and control the problems of stress and violence at work.

  4. The ILO Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work

    01 June 2001

    The code provides invaluable practical guidance to policy-makers, employers’ and workers’ organizations and other social partners for formulating and implementing appropriate workplace policy, prevention and care programmes, and for establishing strategies to address workers in the informal sector. It is the product of collaboration between the ILO and its tripartite constituents, as well as cooperation with its international partners.