Conditions at work and occupational health and safety have improved substantially during the past few decades in many parts of the world.
But the overall global situation remains poor. Working conditions for the majority of workers do not meet the minimum standards and guidelines set by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Health Organization for occupational health, safety and social protection. As an example the majority of the world's workforce is still not served by competent occupational health services.
The World Health Organization and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work are together working to increase the availability and accessibility of scientific and practical information to support occupational health practice, training, research and communication. This web site links to occupational safety and health (OSH) information available at the WHO. Working with the network of WHO collaborating centres world-wide, WHO has established working groups to develop internet resources and networks, including:
- an inventory of available training materials on the web,
- resources for end users, including practical solutions and training materials, and
- support for a Southern Africa OSH Clearing House.
The WHO websites on occupational health are structured according to our own institutional rules, so the buttons on the left may not link to every relevant item, and they may not reflect all your interests. We invite you to start your search with the WHO occupational health site map for information not indicated in the menu items on the left.
Please send us your comments, remarks and questions to improve the coverage, quality and relevance of our on-line information.