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.

News

  1. Prevention of Industrial Accidents

    ILO hosts 2020 Edition of the Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting on Major Industrial Accidents

    24 September 2020

    On September 22nd, the ILO hosted the annual Inter-Agency Coordination Meeting on Major Industrial Accidents.

  2. XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

    International Media Festival for Prevention Toronto 2021 shortlist announcement

    04 September 2020

    As an essential part of the World Congress, the International Media Festival for Prevention will announce its shortlist at the Digital Meeting on COVID-19 and OSH on 6 October 2020.

  3. XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

    Save the Date: Special Virtual Session – COVID-19 and OSH on October 5 & 6, 2020

    17 August 2020

    Due to the worldwide impact of COVID-19 and the postponement of the Congress to September 2021, the International Organizing Committee has decided to host a Special Session on October 5, 2020 focused on COVID-19 and OSH.

Courses

  1. Deadline for application: 16 October 2020

    Emerging technologies on Social Protection (NEW)

    23 - 27 November 2020

  2. Deadline for application: 04 October 2020

    ILO International Classification of Radiographs of Pneumoconioses

    9 - 13 November 2020

  3. Fecha limite para la inscripción: 11 octubre 2020

    Gestión de la seguridad y salud en el trabajo (course in Spanish)

    2 - 13 November 2020