Safety and health at work

Enhancing Competencies on General OSH Inspection Training for Labour Inspectors

The ILO SafeYouth@Work Project, in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment, held the first of a series of training courses aimed at enhancing competencies of labour inspectors to enforce occupational safety and health (OSH) laws and regulations.

A total of 31 labour inspectors from 16 regional offices of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) joined a 2-day training to enhance their competencies on general occupational safety and health (OSH) inspection.

Designed as a refresher course, the training focused on addressing the competency gaps among labour inspectors particularly on their knowledge and skills of OSH trends, principles and standards and on elements in workplaces relevant to OSH inspection. The training featured workshops where participants were able to enhance their skills on alternative OSH inspection strategies, on research, data-gathering and analysis of OSH information from inspected enterprises, and on documentation and writing the results of OSH inspection.

In her opening message during the activity, OIC Director Brenalyn Peji of the DOLE Human Resource Development Service (HRDS) underscored the labour inspectors' crucial role in delivering the DOLE's mandate of ensuring better working conditions including occupational safety and health for all workers as integral to affording decent work for all. She stated that DOLE prioritizes the labour inspection programme, recognizing that much remains to be done to ensure greater compliance to general labour standards and occupational safety and health standards. She said that efforts to capacitate labour inspectors are aimed not just on ensuring broad coverage of establishments inspected but also to guarantee quality of inspection results particularly those in compliance to OSH laws and regulations.

This critical role of labour inspectors in OSH inspection was also pointed out by Mr Nicholas Levintow, ILO SafeYouth@Work Chief Technical Adviser as he cited ILO standards, which highlight that the enforcement of laws and regulations on OSH and work environment should be secured by an adequate and appropriate system of inspection. At the core of the training sessions were exercises on fact-finding aimed at enhancing the labour inspectors' skills so that critical information on OSH vulnerabilities of young workers, as a large segment of the country's labour force, is gathered during the inspection of enterprises.

The ILO SafeYouth@Work Project, a project funded by the US Department of Labor (US DOL) supported the training. It is part of the project’s immediate objectives to improve capacities of tripartite constituents – government, workers and employers organizations, including labour inspectors as key actors in enforcement, to promote and to enforce OSH laws and regulations, particularly those applicable to young workers.

Funding is provided by the United States Department of Labor under cooperative agreement number IL-26690-14-75-K-11.

This material does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the
United States Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government. One hundred percentage of the total costs of the project or programme is financed with Federal funds, for a total of 11,443,156 dollars.