The International Labor Organization (ILO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) with a primary goal to promote opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security, and human dignity. Founded in 1919, the ILO brings together representatives of governments, employers, and workers to jointly shape policies and programs. The ILO developed its voluntary guidelines on occupational safety and health (OSH) management systems in 2001: ILO-OSH 2001 Guidelines. They reflect ILO values for the protection of workers' safety and health.
The ILO recognized that legislation for worker safety is important but insufficient on its own to address rapidly changing working conditions and processes. These voluntary guidelines support the effort to keep pace with new hazards and risks introduced in any organization.