The future of (decent) work and psychosocial risks. The ILO perspective

Ms. Ana Catalina Ramírez
Technical Specialist, Occupational Safety and Health, LABADMIN/OSH, ILO

In 2022, the International Labour Conference has made a historical decision to include a safe and healthy working environment within the framework of fundamental principles and rights at work of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
During my keynote address, I will begin by discussing the implications of declaring a safe and healthy working environment as a fundamental principle and right at work, with a specific focus on the mental health of workers. I will also highlight the relevant normative framework established by the ILO in this area. Subsequently, I will delve into the key trends shaping the future of work, including social and cultural drivers of change, and their interaction with organizational risk factors in the workplace. Finally, I will explore comprehensive actions that can enhance the management of psychosocial risks in the future, encompassing policy-level interventions and workplace strategies. Throughout the analysis, I will adopt a gender-sensitive perspective and consider the importance of diversity.

Ms. Ana Catalina Ramírez is a Technical Specialist on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) at the International Labour Organization (ILO) based in Geneva, Switzerland. Before joining the LABADMIN/OSH Branch of the ILO in 2017, she worked as Technical Specialist on HIV and AIDS and the World of Work in the ILO Decent Work Country Team for Central America, Haiti and Dominican Republic. During her 16 years of work at the ILO, she has coordinated and supported the implementation of development cooperation activities on occupational safety and health, HIV and gender. In her role of Technical Specialist on Occupational Safety and Health, she provides technical backstopping to various technical cooperation projects of the ILO in Africa and Latin America and she is responsible for the technical work in areas such as mental health at work, OSH and informal economy and, occupational health services. Ms. Ramírez holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Costa Rica and a Master degree on Occupational Health and Safety from the University of Turin.