The ILO is the United Nations agency for the world of work. It brings together governments, employers, and workers to drive a human-centred approach to decent work, through employment creation, rights at work, social protection, social dialogue and gender equality.
The ILO has long recognized that the protection of workers from hazardous effects of chemicals is essential to ensuring healthy populations as well as sustainable environments. The ILO follows an all-encompassing approach to chemical hazards and risks and addresses all chemical-related exposures across all work-related processes. This includes the production, handling, storage and transport of chemicals, the disposal and treatment of chemical waste, the release of chemicals from the workplace, as well as the maintenance and cleaning of chemical equipment and containers. In addition, the ILO’s standards address chemical risks that affect the public and the environment.
The ILO works closely with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and collaborates with the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC), the Secretariats of the several International Conventions on management of chemicals.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: