Publications & technical tools

2018

  1. Publication

    A Guide on Labour Inspection Intervention in the Informal Economy - A participatory method

    24 April 2018

    The informal economy comprises more than half of the global labour force and more than 90% of micro and small enterprises worldwide. It encompasses a huge diversity of situations, employers and workers, most of them operating out of survival needs, especially in industrializing countries. In these countries, the protection provided by regulatory systems may not apply in law or in practice to informal economic units and workers therein; the scarce resources of enforcement agencies along with the particular challenges related to the informal economy may also lead governments to concentrate their efforts in formal enterprises. To address these challenges, the ILO, together with labour inspectorates from selected African Member States, developed and piloted a simple and effective process to address fundamental labour rights and occupational safety and health deficits through labour inspection as presented in this guide.

2017

  1. Publication

    ILO Approach to Strategic Compliance Planning for Labour Inspectorates

    29 November 2017

  2. Publication

    Conducting Labour Inspections on Construction - A guide for labour inspectors

    22 August 2017

    The objective of this guide is to assist labour inspectors fulfil their inspectorial function by providing information, in a user friendly format on, a suggested methodology for conducting inspections of construction activities; from planning to reporting on the inspection, as well as providing technical information which labour inspectors can supply to employers and workers, so as to ensure “Decent Work”.

  3. Publication

    Towards Improved Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh

    05 June 2017

    The ILO’s ‘Improving Fire and General Building Safety in Bangladesh’ project funded by the US Department of Labor was launched in 2013 in response to the safety issues affecting the RMG sector. Coming to an end in January 2017, this publication highlights the major achievements of the project.

  4. Publication

    Presentation on "Optimize the collection and use of OSH data"

    13 April 2017

    This presentation aims at highlighting the key points of the 2017 World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

  5. Publication

    Optimizing compliance with child labour legislation through strategic collaboration of labour inspection and child labour monitoring programmes, Brief 1, January 2017

    07 February 2017

    Labour inspectorates, together with other public institutions and in collaboration with social partners, have long been active in addressing child labour and its worst forms through the combined use of advisory and enforcement actions. Despite these efforts, child labour continues to be a concern worldwide and, in most countries, inspectorates could leverage the action of other relevant players, among which are child labour monitors. Whilst many good practices of collaboration are recognised, it is also true that the synergies of these two mechanisms are not well known and thus there is the potential to improve collaboration.

  6. Publication

    Collection and Use of Labour Inspection Statistics - A short guide

    11 January 2017

    This guide is intended to introduce governments, in particular ministries of labour and labour inspectorates, the importance of labour inspection statistics and benefits that can be derived from them. The guide presents, in a user-friendly manner, practical advice about labour inspection information and statistics. It details why these statistics are useful and ways in which they can increase the efficiency of inspectorates; what areas they should cover; and how they can be produced, interpreted and presented to stakeholders.

2016

  1. Publication

    Guide on the Harmonization of Labour Inspection Statistics

    02 August 2016

    This publication provides a methodology for the use of common terms and definitions and common procedures for the collection and compilation of labour inspection data. It also incorporates several additional recommendations that further the objective of harmonizing labour inspection statistics.

  2. Governance and Tripartism working paper series

    Technical Report: ILO workshop on labour administration reforms and innovations: efficiency and outreach

    01 July 2016

    This report summarises the main findings and evaluations from the workshop ‘Labour Administration Reforms and Innovations: Efficiency and Outreach’ held in Prague between the 8th and the 10th of December, 2015. The workshop was designed to develop synergies between academia, labour practitioners and ILO specialists in order to enhance the ILO knowledge base. In addition, the workshop sought to explore practical tools that could be used in technical cooperation activities in the field of labour administration.

  3. Governance and Tripartism working paper series

    Technical Report: Comparative Developments in Labour Administration

    01 June 2016

    The principal objective of this publication is to provide an overview and analysis of the current situation regarding the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in labour administrations worldwide, in order to help policymakers and practitioners who seek to respond to the demands of the current technological environment and harness its potential. This paper is the first initiative of the ILO to focus broadly on this topic.

  4. Workplace Stress

    Workplace Stress: A collective challenge

    04 April 2016

    This report aims at presenting trends on work-related stress in both developed and developing countries with a view to raising awareness of the magnitude of the problem in the new context of the world of work

2015

  1. Governance and Tripartism working paper series

    Report on the global survey into the use of information and communication technologies in national labour administration systems

    06 November 2015

    The principal objective of this publication is to provide an overview and analysis of the current situation regarding the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in labour administrations worldwide, in order to help policymakers and practitioners who seek to respond to the demands of the current technological environment and harness its potential. This paper is the first initiative of the ILO to focus broadly on this topic.

  2. Publication

    Independent evaluation of ILO's strategy and actions for strengthening labour inspection systems, 2010-2015

    28 October 2015

    The purpose of the evaluation is to provide an objective assessment of the design and implementation of the ILO strategy from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2014 in order to gauge results and inform future actions. As specified in the agreed Terms of Reference (ToR), the evaluation centres on an analysis of the main approaches pursued by the Office to build, foster and maintain sound national labour inspection systems. It addresses a series of questions related to six evaluation criteria: relevance, coherence, effectiveness, sustainability, impact and efficiency (including management). Based on this analysis, the evaluation highlights lessons and offers recommendations for ILO to consider as it moves forward with the transitional Strategic Policy Framework (2016–17), which includes strengthening workplace compliance through labour inspection, as Outcome 7.

  3. A practical guide for labour inspectors

    Investigation of occupational accidents and diseases

    25 February 2015

    The guide provides inspectors with information on the importance of, and a suggested methodology for, conducting effective investigations and compiling reports.

  4. Publication

    Handbook on HIV and AIDS for labour inspectors

    12 February 2015

    ILOAIDS develops a new Handbook, in collaboration with LABADMIN/OSH, to strengthen labour inspectors’ capacity to address HIV and AIDS —including discrimination, gender equality and occupational safety and health issues— in their day-to-day work.

2014

  1. Publication

    Labour inspection, gender equality and non-discrimination in the Arab states: guide book

    08 July 2014

    This guide book builds on a number of global and regional materials on gender equality, discrimination and labour inspections. It is aimed to provide labour administrations in the Arab states with modern understanding and tools to use labour inspections strategically to enforce gender and non-discrimination related principles and rights at work with a vision to contribute to the realization of women’s economic and social empowerment in the Arab world.

  2. Publication

    Towards the Single Employment Contract: Comparative Reflections

    22 January 2014

    While the challenge of flexibility continues to act as a powerful driver for change in European labour markets, many countries are experiencing an increasing dualism or segmentation between workers with stable employment relationships and those with temporary contracts. This has led governments and social partners to open a debate on the introduction of single employment contract.

2013

  1. Publication

    Labour administration reforms in China

    16 October 2013

    This timely volume provides a unique and comprehensive overview of the evolution of labour administration in China and details the recent reforms of its legislation and institutions. It gives a clear explanation of the principles and practical working of labour administrations in workplace-specific issue such as occupational safety and health, labour relations, and working conditions, as well as in the public employment services, labour inspection and social security services.

  2. Publication

    Labour inspection and undeclared work in the EU

    21 August 2013

    The purpose of this study is to consider the role that national labour inspection systems in the EU have as part of a strategic policy response to undeclared work. It was coordinated by the ILO’s Labour Administration and Inspection Programme (LAB/ADMIN) in cooperation with the European Commission’s Labour Law Unit.

  3. Publication

    Labour inspection and employment relationship

    12 July 2013

    The protection of the employment relationship, placed within the contract of employment, has been at the heart of the International Labour Organization’s agenda since the middle of the 1990’s. The employment relationship is the natural evolution of what previously represented the master-and-servant model. The employment relationship within the contract model operates as a framework for both the protection of workers and the guaranteeing of the exercise of fundamental rights at work.