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Occupational Safety and Health

Each day, 7,500 people die from unsafe and unhealthy working conditions and many others develop long-term physical and mental health issues.

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Further Guidance

Examples of further guidance on occupational safety and health include:

  • ILO, The Safeday Report 2020 — In the Face of a Global Pandemic: Ensuring Safety and Health at Work: This report gives specific guidance on how to keep employees and workers safe from COVID-19.
  • ILO, How can occupational safety and health be managed?: This guidance provides a range of steps to help businesses manage their occupational safety and health risks.
  • ILO, Helpdesk for Business on International Labour Standards: The ILO Helpdesk for Business is a resource for company managers and workers on how to better align business operations with international labour standards, including OSH.
  • ILO, Statistics on Health and Safety at Work: Information and statistics on OSH issues from a range of countries.
  • ILO, Country Profiles on Occupational Safety and HealthInformation on country’s OSH profiles, including national laws, regulations, policies and statistics.
  • Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), Delivering a Sustainable Future: This report maps the key elements of OSH management with the SDG targets.
  • Fair Labor Association, Protecting Workers During and After the Global Pandemic: This briefing note provides recommendations to how companies can protect workers’ livelihoods as the world responds to COVID-19.
  • SME Compass, Standards Compass: This online tool offers guidance on what to pay attention to when selecting sustainability standards or when participating in multi-stakeholder initiatives. It allows comparing standards and initiatives with respect to their contribution to human rights due diligence and their potential limitations.
  • SME Compass, Due Diligence Compass: This online tool offers guidance on the overall human rights due diligence process by taking businesses through five key due diligence phases.SME Compass, Downloads: Practical guides and checklists are available for download on the SME compass website to embed due diligence processes, improve supply chain management and make mechanisms more effective.
  • ILO Helpdesk for Business, Country Information Hub: This resource can be used to inform human rights due diligence, providing specific country information on different labour rights.
  • ILO and United Nations Global Compact, Nine Business Practices for Improving Safety and Health Through Supply Chains and Building a Culture of Prevention and Protection: This report identifies practices that businesses can implement to advance decent work and improve occupational safety and health globally, especially when operating in countries with deficient national safety and health and employment injury protection schemes.