Internationahealth and safety organizationl Labour Standards on Occupational Safety and Health

Occupational Safety and Health Dock Work Convention, No.

General Survey on Occupational Safety and Health

The benefits of International Labour Standards

Transport including civil aviation; railways; road transport

to achieve widespread ratification and effective implementation of the occupational safety and health instruments Convention No. , its Protocol and Convention No.

Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, No.

The ILO Constitution sets forth the principle that workers should be protected from sickness, disease and injury arising from their employment. Yet for millions of workers the reality is very different. The ILO estimates that . million people die each year from workrelated accidents or diseases. A further million people suffer from workrelated diseases, and there are an estimated million tal and nontal workrelated accidents per year. The suffering caused by such accidents and illnesses to workers and their milies is incalculable. In economic terms, the ILO has estimated that of the worlds annual P is lost as a consequence of occupational diseases and accidents. Employers ce costly early retirements, loss of skilled staff, absenteeism, and high insurance premiums due to workrelated accidents and diseases. Yet many of these tragedies are prevenle through the implementation of sound prevention, reporting and inspection practices. ILO standards on occupational safety and health provide essential tools for governments, employers, and workers to eslish such practices and to provide for maximum safety at work. In the ILO adopted anglobal strategy to improve occupational safety and healthwhich included the introduction of a preventive safety and health culture, the promotion and development of relevant instruments, and technical assistance.

A guide to the Occupational Safety and Health Convention, No. , its Protocol and the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, No.

Health and safety in particular branches of economic activity

This instrument has the objective of preserving the health and welre of workers employed in trading eslishments, and eslishments, institutions and administrative services in which workers are mainly engaged in office work and other related services through elementary hygiene measures responding to the requirements of welre at the workplace.

Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch LABADMIN/OSH

Radiation Protection Convention, No.

Working Environment Air Pollution, Noise and Vibration Convention, No.

The convention provides for detailed technical preventive and protective measures having due regard for the specific requirements of this sector. These measures relate to safety of workplaces, machines and equipment used, work at s and work executed in compressed air.

The convention provides for the adoption of a coherent national occupational safety and health policy, as well as action to be taken by governments and within enterprises to promote occupational safety and health and to improve working conditions. This policy shall be developed by taking into consideration national conditions and practice. The Protocol calls for the eslishment and the periodic review of requirements and procedures for the recording and notification of occupational accidents and diseases, and for the publication of related annual statistics.

Conference Committee on the Application of Standards

This convention provides for the eslishment of enterpriselevel occupational health services which are entrusted with essentially preventive functions and which are responsible for advising the employer, the workers and their representatives in the enterprise on maintaining a safe and healthy working environment.

Safety and Health in Agriculture Convention, No.

The convention has the objective of preventing accidents and injury to health arising out of, linked with, or occurring in the course of agricultural and forestry work. To this end, the Convention includes measures relating to machinery safety and ergonomics, handling and transport of materials, sound management of chemicals, animal handling, protection against biological risks, and welre and accommodation cilities.

ILO standardsrelated activities in the area of occupational safety and health

Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations

Subjects covered by International Labour Standards

This instrument aims at the eslishment of a mechanism for the creation of a policy to prevent the risks of occupational cancer caused by exposure, generally over a prolonged period, to chemical and physical agents of various s present in the workplace. For this purpose, states are obliged to determine periodically carcinogenic substances and agents to which occupational exposure shall be prohibited or regulated, to make every effort to replace these substances and agents by non or less carcinogenic ones, to prescribe protective and supervisory measures as well as to prescribe the necessary medical examinations of workers exposed.

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The convention provides that, as r as possible, the working environment shall be kept free from any hazards due to air pollution, noise or vibration. To achieve this, technical measures shall be applied to enterprises or processes, and where this is not possible, supplementary measures regarding the organization of work shall be taken instead.

General Survey on Safety in the Working Environment

International Labour Standards on Occupational Safety and Health

How International Labour Standards are created

Safety and Health in Mines Convention, No.

Building a preventative safety and health culture

ILOCodes of Practiceset out practical guidelines for public authorities, employers, workers, enterprises, and specialized occupational safety and health protection bodies such as enterprise safety committees. They are not legally binding instruments and are not intended to replace the provisions of national laws or regulations, or accepted standards. Codes of Practice provide guidance on safety and health at work in certain economic sectors e.g. construction, opencast mines, coal mines, iron and steel industries, nonferrous metals industries, agriculture, shipbuilding and ship repairing, forestry, on protecting workers against certain hazards e.g. radiation, lasers, visual units, chemicals, asbestos, airborne substances, and on certain safety and health measures e.g. occupational safety and health management systems; ethical guidelines for workers health surveillance; recording and notification of occupational accidents and diseases; protection of workers personal data; safety, health and working conditions in the transfer of technology to developing countries.

This Convention aims at promoting a preventative safety and health culture and progressively achieving a safe and healthy working environment. It requires ratifying States to develop, in consultation with the most representative organizations of employers and workers, a national policy, national system, and national programme on occupational safety and health. The national policy shall be developed in accordance with the principles of Article of theOccupational Safety and Health Convention, No. , and the national systems and programmes shall be developed taking into account the principles set out in relevant ILO instruments. A list of relevant instruments is contained in the Annex to the Promotional Framework forOccupational Safety and Health Recommendation, No. . National systems shall provide the infrastructure for implementing national policy and programmes on occupational safety and health, such as laws and regulations, authorities or bodies, compliance mechanisms including systems of inspection, and arrangements at the level of the undertaking. National programmes shall include timebound measures to promote occupational safety and health, enabling a measuring of progress.

The ILO has adopted more than standards specifically dealing with occupational safety and health, as well as over Codes of Practice. Nearly half of ILO instruments deal directly or indirectly with occupational safety and health issues.

The objective of the Convention is to set out basic requirements with a view to protect workers against the risks associated with exposure to ionising radiations. Protective measures to be taken include the limitation of workers exposure to ionising radiations to the lowest practicable level following the technical knowledge available at the time, avoiding any unnecessary exposure, as well as the monitoring of the workplace and of the workers health. The Convention further refers to requirements with regard to emergency situations that may arise.

International Labour Standards on Employment promotion

Applying and promoting International Labour Standards

This instrument regulates the various aspects of safety and health characteristic for work in mines, including inspection, special working devices, and special protective equipment of workers. It also prescribes requirements relating to mine rescue.

ILO is a specialized agency of theUnited Nations

Occupational Cancer Convention, No.

Aims at preventing the harmful effects of exposure to asbestos on the health of workers by indicating reasonable and practicable methods and techniques of reducing occupational exposure to asbestos to a minimum. With a view to achieving this objective, the convention enumerates various detailed measures, which are based essentially on the prevention and control of health hazards due to occupational exposure to asbestos, and the protection of workers against these hazards.

Subjects covered by International Labour Standards

Introduction to International Labour Standards

General Survey on the occupational safety and health instruments concerning the promotional framework, construction, mines and agriculture

The Convention provides for the adoption and implementation of a coherent policy on safety in the use of chemicals at work, which includes the production, the handling, the storage, and the transport of chemicals as well as the disposal and treatment of waste chemicals, the release of chemicals resulting from work activities, and the maintenance, repair and cleaning of equipment and containers of chemicals. In addition, it allocates specific responsibilities to suppliers and exporting states.

An indepth study for discussion with a view to the elaboration of a plan of action for such activities Report VI, International Labour Conference, st Session, [pdf]