Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch (LABADMIN/OSH)

Mission and vision

The Branch’s vision is for its work to focus on and be directly tied to achieving impact in the areas of labour administration, labour inspection and occupational safety and health in countries where governments, employers, and workers seek ILO assistance. The Branch will work to develop comprehensive strategies that deliver services and products that are solutions to governments, employers, and workers priority problems. To achieve this vision, the Branch will foster and engage with existing and new collaborators, including ILO headquarters and field staff, partner agencies, organizations and networks, employer and worker organizations, governments, and experts, consultants and knowledge centres around the globe.

The LABADMIN/OSH Branch aims to create worldwide awareness of the human and economic costs of work-related fatalities, injuries and diseases and to place the health and safety of all workers high on the international agenda.

In the areas of labour administration and labour inspection, the LABADMIN/OSH Branch is working to support the ILO constituents, in particular Ministries of Labour and their labour inspection systems, in fulfilling their roles to improve working conditions for all workers, to achieve compliance with labour laws and regulations, to prevent and settle labour disputes, and to promote good governance and tripartism.

Global Technical Team and Global Action for Prevention

The recently announced OSH Global Action for Prevention cooperative development programme is led by the LABADMIN/OSH Branch. The OSH Global Action for Prevention Programme will take on the global OSH challenges with the support of partner countries, donors, employers’ and workers’ organizations and OSH knowledge and specialist organizations. The programme will provide policy and strategy advice, knowledge and capacity building interventions primarily to governments, employers and workers in low and lower-middle income countries where nascent or fragile OSH systems need to be strengthened. The programme will design and deliver country-specific strategic interventions to:
  • improve national regulatory frameworks on OSH and strengthen capacity to develop and implement compliance strategies and inspection practices;
  • enhance national institutional capacities to acquire and use OSH knowledge and information to develop effective prevention policies, strategies, systems and programmes;
  • encourage and facilitate consultation, collaboration and cooperation in OSH between governments, employers and workers through effective dialogue;
  • strengthen national employment injury compensation legislation and administrations to interact with OSH systems and programmes through integrated functions, where appropriate, and economic incentives for investment in prevention and compliance.