Labour inspection audit

Technical Memorandum: Oman

The main purpose of the audit is to assess the existing labour inspection system for setting up an action plan jointly with the government aimed at its promotion and modernization within the ILO labour inspection conventions framework.

This labour inspection audit of the Sultanate of Oman, which comes within the inter-regional technical cooperation project “Enhancing labour inspection effectiveness”, implemented by the ILO and financed by the Norwegian Government, was carried out between July and October 2009 at the request of the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) of Oman, which is responsible for labour inspection services in the country.

The Labour Inspection Audits Methodology of the ILO was followed in conducting this audit. It included interviews with the main concerned governmental institutions and the social partners, in addition to visiting labour inspectorates and revising the main related legislations.

This report contains a description of the labour inspection structure and functions, including the available human resources. It highlights the strengths and weaknesses and provides recommendations for promoting and enhancing the effectiveness of the labour inspection system through joint efforts of all concerned institutions, including the social partners.

The assistance and cooperation of MOM of Oman facilitated the completion of this audit. It is encouraging to see the great positive changes achieved by the ILO in the labour inspection field in Oman during the last two years, which would not have been possible without the full commitment of the Omani Government. The social partners, the Ministry of Fisheries, the Ministry of Health and the Public Authority for Social Insurance in Oman also enriched this audit through the information provided.

The technical memorandum contains: general information and background; legal framework of labour inspection; labour inspection; structure of labour inspection at the regional level; labour inspection activities; labour inspectors; occupational safety and health; training; international labour standards; social partners; the social security; the Ministry of Health; The Ministry of Fisheries; conclusion/findings; and recommendations.