Health and safety, ILO Plan of action

“ILO estimates in 2008 (for 2003) indicate that about 358,000 fatal and 337 million non-fatal occupational accidents occurred in the world and that 1.95 million persons died from work-related diseases. The annual economic cost of major occupational accidents alone is estimated at US$5 billion. In the context of the current crisis, increased and more efficient focus on prevention to ensure sustainably safe workplaces appears to be of particular importance”. This is how starts the ILO “Plan of action to achieve widespread ratification and effective implementation of the occupational safety and health instruments”, adopted by the Governing Body.

The plan aims at improving the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) situation globally by “motivating decision-makers and policy planners among the constituents, in government agencies and social partner organizations, to commit to improving the national OSH system through the development and implementation of national policies and action programmes in line with ILO standards”. The full Plan and the General Survey on the application of the main standards can be downloaded from the ILS website.

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