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 sub-regional workshop in Beirut

    05 August 2019

    The ILO's Regional Office for Arab States and the Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch organized a sub-regional office in Beirut from 30 July to 2 August 2019 to introduce the ILO's strategic compliance intervention model.

  2. ILO 100

    Securing decent work for fishers through an integrated labour inspection system in Bali

    25 July 2019

    The province of Bali, Indonesia has implemented an integrated labour inspection involving key stakeholders to ensure decent work for all aspects of the fishing works, including labour rights of fishers.

  3. ILO 100

    Piloting an integrated labour inspection system in the fishing sector in North Sulawesi

    22 July 2019

    The province of North Sulawesi in Indonesia is committed to improve its labour inspection in the fishing sector. With support from the ILO and the Ministry of Manpower, they are now piloting an integrated labour inspection system.

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