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 2018: 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. MLC, 2006

    Ship inspections for seafarers’ protection: The Maritime Labour Convention at work

    03 May 2019

    Ship inspections are critical for ensuring compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention, and as such, decent living and working conditions for seafarers. Rear Admiral Luigi Giardino of the Italian Coast Guard explains how such inspections are conducted and what their consequences can be.

  2. Labour Inspection

    Radical cuts to labour inspectorates a ‘serious mistake’

    23 April 2019

    ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, warned of the negative consequences of radical reforms to labour inspectorates, in a speech to the conference of the Regional Alliance of Labour Inspections of the Commonwealth of the Independent States and Mongolia.

  3. Radiation protection

    Strengthen protection of workers against radiation in Latin America

    12 April 2019

    The International Atomic Energy Agency and the ILO jointly convened a regional workshop to strengthen the protection of workers exposed to radiation in their jobs by using a new IAEA/ILO Safety Guide on Occupational Radiation Protection (GSG-7). The workshop was hosted by the Brazilian Government and took place from 11-15 March 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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