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ILO-CIS - The International OS&H Information Centre

What is the CIS?

CIS is an abbreviation for "Centre International d'Informations de Sécurité et de Santé au Travail" which means "International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre" in English. The CIS is a service of the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland. As stated on the CIS Web Site, "it was established in 1959 with the aim of collecting all relevant information about occupational safety and health (OSH) being published around the world, whatever the format and the language".

Does CIS have offices or representatives in other countries?

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is Canada's national resource for occupational health and safety information. As such, CCOHS is also the CIS National Centre in Canada. In other countries, CIS National Centres are generally governmental agencies dealing with occupational health and safety. In some countries there also some "collaborating centres". There are more than 120 national agencies that are CIS National Centres or collaborating centres.

How do I find out if my country has a CIS National Information Centre?

The CIS Web Page has a list of the CIS National Centres and Collaborating Centres around the world.

Document last updated on February 2, 2010


Although every effort is made to ensure the accuracy, currency and completeness of the information, CCOHS does not guarantee, warrant, represent or undertake that the information provided is correct, accurate or current. CCOHS is not liable for any loss, claim, or demand arising directly or indirectly from any use or reliance upon the information.