Publications & technical tools


  1. © The National Guard 2020

    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.

  2. © Mwasalat 2020

    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.

  3. © WaterAid 2020

    Briefing note

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

    08 September 2020

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Publication

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

    08 April 2020

    Case Study

  14. Publication

    The Global Coalition for Safety and Health at Work: Invitation for Expressions of Interest

    07 April 2020

  15. Publication

    The Global Coalition for Safety and Health at Work: Task Groups

    07 April 2020

    The Global Coalition is composed of Task Groups that reflect the identified priorities of the global agenda on safety and health at work.

  16. Publication

    Improving Safety and Health in Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: An overview of initiatives and delivery mechanisms

    31 March 2020

    This report focuses on micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and their specific characteristics that are likely to have an impact on occupational safety and health (OSH) outcomes.

  17. Chemical safety

    ILO Instruments on Chemical Safety - Analysis and synergies with other international frameworks on the sound management of chemicals

    31 January 2020

    This report analyses all major ILO instruments that address chemical hazards for human health and safety as well as the environment.

  18. Publication

    Summary Report of Research Products Developed within the SafeYouth@Work Project

    15 January 2020

    Building a Generation of safe and healthy workers


  1. Publication

    Flagship Programme Strategy

    10 December 2019

    Safety + Health for All

  2. Publication

    Guide for Mainstreaming of Occupational Safety and Health in Vocational training programmes

    22 October 2019