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.

  • 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.

News

  1. Strategic compliance

    Strategic Compliance Conference for Department of Labour Inspection in Azerbaijan

    16 July 2019

    LABADMIN/OSH and ILO DWT and Country Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia held a conference on strategic compliance, labour inspection and employment in Baku, Azerbaijan, 11 and 12 July 2019, with a total of 90 participants from the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs, Confederation of Trade Unions, the State Labour Inspection Service and representatives of other ministries.

  2. Social dialogue and OSH

    Social Dialogue in the Workplace for a Brighter Future

    18 June 2019

    Commemorating the ILO Centenary of 2019, the Government of Japan organized the symposium to discuss the role of social dialogue in the workplace both now and in the future. The promotion of occupational safety and health and workplace compliance through social dialogue was emphasized.

  3. Labour Inspection and Forced Labour

    Canada renews commitment toward International Labour Standards

    17 June 2019

    Canada has ratified the Labour Inspection Convention, 1947 (No. 81) and the Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930

Courses

  1. Deadline for application: 04 October 2019

    Academy on Workplace Compliance through Labour Inspection

    22 November - 6 December 2019

  2. Deadline for application: 13 September 2019

    National programmes and systems of occupational safety and health.

    21 October - 1 November 2019

  3. Deadline for application: 31 May 2019

    Master in Occupational Safety and Health

    9 - 30 September 2019