Occupational Safety and Health Management System


A tool for continual improvement

The ILO advocates the implementation of an Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS) as a tool for continual improvement in the prevention of workplace incidents and accidents. Experience shows that OSHMS is a logical and useful tool for the promotion of continual improvement of OSH performance at the organization’s level. Key elements for its successful application include ensuring management commitment and active participation of workers in the joint implementation.

The impact of the financial crisis on safety and health at work

impact of financial crisis on OSH

Prevention, compensation and rehabilitation are three key components of social security. All these elements are jeopardized by the fallout from the financial and economic crisis. Recent research by the International Social Security Association has highlighted that social security revenue has been reduced significantly by the crisis, and that health costs are increasing as an additional effect. But what about prevention and occupational safety and health?

Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006, (No. 187)


The promotional framework for occupational safety and health promotes continuous improvement in occupational safety and health by the development of a national policy, a programme, a system and a national profile. The convention(No. 187) was adopted in June 2006 and came into force in February 2009.

The CISDOC bibliographic database


The CIS bibliographic database contains about 70,000 citations of documents that deal with occupational accidents and diseases as well as ways of preventing them. The CISDOC database is updated on a continuous basis.

International Chemical Safety Cards


The International Chemical Safety Cards project is a joint undertaking between the World Health Organization and the International Labour Office. ICSC provide concise and standardized health and safety information on chemicals. The primary aim of the Cards is to promote the safe use of chemicals in the workplace.

Hazard Datasheets on Occupations

Hazard datasheets on occupation

An International Hazard Datasheets on Occupations is a multipurpose information resource containing information on the hazards, risks and notions of prevention related to a specific occupation. These datasheets are intended for those professionally concerned with health and safety at work.

Beyond deaths and injuries: The ILO’s role in promoting safe and healthy jobs

Beyond deaths and injuries

Report presented at the XVIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in 2008.

Message on the occasion of the XVIII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work from Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO