International labour standards (conventions and recommendations) and the other instruments on occupational safety and health (codes of practice and guidelines) aim at ensuring and promoting a safe and healthy working environment.
See OSH page on Standards and other instruments on occupational safety and health
Occupational safety and health is identified as the discipline dealing with the prevention of work-related injuries and diseases as well as the protection and promotion of the health of workers. It aims at the improvement of working conditions and environment. Members of many different professions (e.g. engineers, physicians, hygienists, nurses) contribute to "occupational safety, occupational health, occupational hygiene and improvement of the working environment" (p.22).
Technical and ethical guidelines for workers' health surveillance (OSH No. 72) International Labour Office, 1998 (Occupational Safety and Health Series No.72 (pdf 672 KB)