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?

Convenio sobre el marco promocional para la seguridad y salud en el trabajo, 2006 (núm. 187)


El marco promocional para la seguridad y la salud en el trabajo fomenta la mejora continua en lo tocante a la seguridad y salud en el trabajo mediante la elaboración de una política nacional, un programa, un sistema y un perfil nacional. El Convenio núm. 187 fue adoptado en junio de 2006, y entró en vigor en febrero de 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.

Más allá de las muertes y accidentes: El papel de la OIT en la promoción de empleos seguros y saludables (en inglés)

Beyond deaths and injuries

Informe presentado en el XVIII Congreso Mundial sobre Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo en 2008.

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