Webinar on 25 May 2023

Webinar on the effective governance of occupational safety and health through labour administration; models and options

News | 15 May 2023
Contact(s): labadmin-osh@ilo.org
When: 25 May 2023
Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes - from 13:00 to 14:45
Where: Virtual. Zoom link. Click here to register

English, French and Spanish

Round table 1: Government speakers from Chili, Morocco and Singapore will provide an overview of the governance of OSH through their labour administration systems.
Round table 2: One employer and one worker representative will explain how employers and workers’ organizations participate on the governance of OSH in their countries and why this is relevant, giving practical examples.

According to ILO Labour Administration Convention, 1978 (No. 150) one of the main functions of labour administration institutions concerns the development and enforcement of regulations on OSH, as well as the formulation and support to employers/workers active involvement on OSH policy setting and workplace cooperation (art. 1 and 6). Different models and options exist for the national governance of safety and health at work. ILO standards do not propose a specific model, but they are clear that ten system should include “an authority or body, or authorities or bodies, responsible for occupational safety and health, designated in accordance with national law and practice” (Article 4, 2 of Convention No. 187). Most (though not all) the functions that should be part of the system are most often under the scope of action of labour administration.

The Office is preparing a General Survey on labour administration which will be discussed at the International Labour Conference in 2024. The General Survey will review, among other subjects, the role of labour administration in the management of OSH matters, coordination with other government bodies, as recent developments namely as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose of the webinar is to exchange on comparative experiences of countries in which labour administrations plays the role of national authority in charge of OSH and how this duty is discharged. Focus will be given to the options through which Member States established their national systems for OSH and the role of social partners and social dialogue in the governance of such systems.