Labour Administration and Labour Inspection

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    ILO and CONASSAT Uruguay to launch campaign on occupational safety and health for young workers

    30 September 2017

    The initiative is part of the activities carried out under the ILO SafeYouth@Work Project - Building a generation of safe and healthy workers, which includes among others, the mainstreaming of OSH content in technical-professional training programs and the training of labour inspectors

  2. World Day for Safety and Health at Work

    How data can protect workers’ health and lives

    28 April 2017

    This year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work focuses on the critical need for countries to improve their capacity to collect and utilize reliable occupational safety and health data. Dr Francisco Santos-O'Connor (ILO Senior Specialist in Occupational Safety and Health – OSH for Asia) explains the importance of optimizing the collection and use of these data.

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    World Safe Day 2017: new and innovative partnership launched in Brazil

    25 April 2017

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    Participants of All-Russia OSH Week Discuss International Labour Inspection and OSH Challenges and Solutions

    10 April 2017

    Day one of the All-Russia OSH Week-2017 featured a conference of the Regional Alliance of Labour Inspections (RALI) of CIS and Mongolia. The participants discussed their countries' best practices of state supervision and control, including those in the OSH sphere.

Labour administration and labour inspection have enjoyed an increasingly high profile in recent years, both nationally and internationally. Much of the increased interest is from governments as the labour administration in a globalized world became a key actor in the elaboration and implementation of government’s economic and social policies.

Labour administration is a major source of information in its fields of competence for government, employers and workers; it is an active intermediary in the prevention and settlement of labour disputes; it is an informed observer of the trends in society by virtue of its special links with the social partners; it is a provider of effective solutions to the evolving needs of its users; it bears responsibility for an increasing part of public expenditure. Yet employers and workers are also calling for better resources for Ministries of Labour and inspectorates, to promote fairness and a 'level playing field', and to make Decent Work a reality.

The ILO Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch (LABADMIN/OSH) aims at assisting constituents in promoting Decent Work through the strengthening of labour administration machinery, including labour inspection, and making them more effective. The 2008 ILO Declaration of Social Justice for a Fair Globalization has reaffirmed the need to "strengthen the ILO's capacity to assist its members’ efforts to reach the ILO's objectives in the context of globalization… and of promoting social dialogue and tripartism as the most appropriate methods for (among other)… the building of effective labour inspection systems."