Labour administration and inspection

Labour inspection in a sweatshop in Brazil

Labour inspection is a key element of any labour administration system for enduring the implementation of labour policies, providing feedback and allowing for a readjustment of these policies as necessary. In recent years, the importance of labour inspection in promoting decent work has been widely recognized. Yet in many countries, the changing world of work with its new employment patterns has been accompanied by reduced government interventions in the workplace. Even where there is a general agreement on the benefits of labour inspection, the real impact of labour inspectors has often been limited, especially among vulnerable or hard-to-reach groups and in the large informal economy. The ILO is working to strenghten labour inspection systems with a view to ensuring labour law compliance through the promotion of relevant international labour standards, and technical advisory services and projects.

  • Occupational Safety and Health - A Guide for Labour Inspectors and other stakeholders

    The aim of this guide is to assist inspectors and employers to fulfil their functions by providing information on the management of occupational safety and health (OSH) issues that are that are common across many sectors of industry.

  • Strategic Compliance Resource Page

    Today, the number of workplaces subject to inspection dwarfs the resources available to inspect them, leading to a situation in which workers are unprotected, violators operate with impunity, and unfair competition for compliant businesses pervades.

    ILO's strategic compliance model provides labour inspectorates with a new methodology to achieve compliance outcomes in light of limited resources, mismatched powers and a need to shoulder greater responsibility for promoting compliance in the ever-evolving world of work.

  • Academy on Workplace Compliance Through Labour Inspection

    During the 27 November-8 December Academy on Workplace Compliance, representatives of labour inspectorates, ministries of labour, social partners and other stakeholders share insights and experiences and discuss key issues, trends and challenges relating to workplace compliance through labour inspection.

  • e-labadminOSH 2019: USB Card

    Everything you want to know about occupational safety and health, as well as labour administration and labour inspection, in two clicks, with intuitive navigation and an user-friendly trilingual interface.


  1. XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

    International Media Festival for Prevention Toronto 2021 Nominees Announcement

    10 May 2021

    Join us for the announcement of the nominees of the International Media Festival for Prevention IMFP 2021.

  2. News

    International Labour Organisation supports Labour Inspection Office in Georgia to join global campaign of World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021

    27 April 2021

  3. © ILO 2021

    Awareness rather than penalties

    „Go to light!” information campaign and labour inspection visits led to the formalization of 200,000+ undeclared workers in Ukraine

    23 April 2021

    In 2020, the EU-funded ILO project „Towards safe, healthy and declared work in Ukraine” supported the State Labour Inspectorate on the implementation of a nation-wide awareness-raising and communication campaign to inform workers and employers about the advantages of declaring work and the risks of not doing so. Instead of imposing fines, labour inspectors visited employers to give technical advice on how to correct or formalize employment relationships.


  1. Fecha limite para la inscripción: 20 Noviembre 2021

    Curso a distancia sobre seguridad y salud en el trabajo 2 (course in Spanish)

    6 December 2021 - 21 May 2022

  2. Deadline for application: 16 October 2021

    Workshop on Management of Occupational Safety and Health in International Organizations

    22 - 26 November 2021

  3. Deadline for application: 02 October 2021

    Workshop on ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses

    8 - 12 November 2021