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

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.

The case studies presented in this publication were developed over the course of the first year of the ILO project Upholding sustainable delivery mechanisms to promote Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in small and medium sized enterprises, funded by the Republic of Korea.

The purpose of the five case studies is to:
- describe the national context in relation to MSMEs (e.g., the national definition, their presence and role in the national economy);
- provide an overview of the OSH conditions in MSMEs in the country;
- illustrate the national framework relevant for OSH in MSMEs, including the identification of key actors, national policies and strategies, etc.;
- analyze the initiatives on OSH developed at national, sectoral and local levels targeting MSMEs;
- identify lessons learned and opportunities for OSH improvement in MSMEs and scaling-up of good practices.

This publication complements the report “Improving Safety and Health in Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: An overview of initiatives and delivery mechanisms”, which analyses examples of support mechanisms and initiatives that governments and other actors use to promote safety and health in MSMEs.