Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
United Kingdom

Reaching the unreached: Assessing and documenting risk in emerging economies for a vision of a future with zero harm

Implementation year

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) of the United Kingdom has begun a five-year journey to shine a light on the societal benefits of safer and healthier workplaces and healthier working lives.

In collaboration with our partners, including the International Social Security Association (ISSA), we have identified a need to support the Shea Butter Producers and Textile Weavers of North Ghana alongside the Fishmonger Women of Lake Victoria and Quarry Scavenger Widows of East Kenya who are all experiencing chronic workplace harm. The impact of this workplace harm is creating extreme societal challenges such as malnutrition, child labour, sexual exploitation, and early removal of girls from school. These communities are aligned to the International Labour Organization (ILO) Global Productivity Ecosystems for Decent Work Programme. Specifically, this programme is designed to ensure that more of the proceeds of the end products is captured by our target groups in order to remove them from abject poverty.

IOSH, with the support of partner organisations, is creating a series of documentaries to capture how local IOSH members led risk assessments, codifying these risks and the following interventions that we or our partners will support, and track throughout our next strategic period. The documentaries will be a powerful, building storyboard of the impact of our organisations and the possibilities when a future of zero harm is on the horizon for workers.

Occupational accidents and diseases
Workplace health promotion
Prevention of occupational risks
Awareness and information
Labour protection