According to International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates, every year around 2,000,000 workers lose their lives in occupational-related diseases and accidents in the world. Other figures show that workers suffer more than 250 million accidents and more than 160 million workers fall ill each year due to workplace hazards. In addition to this human and social tragedy, the economic losses due to poor working conditions and related accidents and diseases all contribute to more than 4% of the world's GrossNational Product. The huge human suffering and the social and economic costs of occupational accidents and diseases affecting countries should mobilize stakeholders to undertake more determined policies and actions to guarantee occupational safety and health (OSH). Although the national legislation of most countries and the ILO International Standards clearly place the responsibilities on different stakeholders to tackle this problem, low priority and poor results are frequent. The International Training Centre of the ILO, in collaboration with LABADMIN/OSH (the ILO programme which promotes OSH), organizes this course in Turin to acquaint participants with international guidelines and principles of the ILO and the experience of consolidated and successful national OSH systems and programmes. Although each country presents different problems regarding its national OSH situation and therefore requires different solutions, this course provides useful inputs to participants in the decision-making process for the improvement and development of the OSH governance within their respective countries.
- Policy makers, senior officials and advisers from government institutions in charge of the planning, implementation and management of OSH at the national level; - Workers' and employers' representatives involved in the policy-making process on OSH at the national level; - The programme may also be of interest to other people such as researchers, trainers or consultants in this field.
The general objective of this course is to strengthen the capacity of planning, developing and governing the national efforts to improve the OSH. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: