Youth4OSH Project

The International Labour Organization (ILO) Youth4OSH project ‘OSH for Young Workers and Young Employers in Global Supply Chains—Building a Culture of Prevention’ (RAS/16/05/USC), which is supported by the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) Foundation, seeks to reduce workplace injuries, fatalities, and occupational diseases through increased preventative safety actions by young workers and employers in Myanmar, as well as in Viet Nam, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
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The project seeks to achieve this objective by developing and pilot testing a range of tools and strategies for raising workplace safety awareness, and generating public demand for improvements in national Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) systems, and by establishing and engaging networks of young intermediaries in the construction and manufacturing sectors and equipping these networks with the tools and skills to promote OSH awareness and preventative action. The project targets young workers and employers engaged in global supply chains.

The Youth4OSH project is a key element of the ILO’s OSH flagship programme: Occupational Safety and Health - Global Action for Prevention (OSH-GAP). The project contributes to ILO Programme and Budget (P&B) Outcome7 (Promoting workplace compliance through labour inspection) and Outcome 8 (Protecting workers from unacceptable forms of work).

The project contributes towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on decent work and economic growth, in particular the SDG-8 targets covering decent work for all women and men, including for young people; the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, ending child labour in all its forms; and protecting labour rights and promoting safe and secure working environments for all workers, including those in precarious employment, as well as SDG 3 on good health and well-being, for example the SDG-3 targets on premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and the reduction of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals.

The Youth4OSH project is being implemented in conjunction with ILO’s SafeYouth@Work project, which is supported by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) in Myanmar, as well as in the other target countries shared between the SafeYouth@Work project and the Youth4OSH project, i.e. Philippines, Indonesia and Viet Nam.