Labour inspection audit - Joint outcome on labour inspection

Technical Memorandum: Lebanon

The purpose of this audit was to establish a joint action plan with the government for modernizing and strengthening the capacities of the labour inspection system in Lebanon within the framework of the ILO conventions on labour inspection.

This audit of the labour inspection system in the Republic of Lebanon, which comes under the inter-regional technical cooperation project, “Enhancing labour inspection effectiveness”, being implemented by the ILO and funded by the Norwegian Government, was carried out in October 2009 at the request of the Ministry of Labour, which is responsible for labour inspection in the country.

Working on this audit included visiting the main concerned governmental institutions, the workers’ and employers’ organizations, and the regional labour inspectorates, in addition to interviewing a number of labour and occupational safety and health inspectors and directors and revising the main related legislations.

This audit report represents a snapshot of the existing labour inspection system in Lebanon, highlights some strengths and weaknesses and provides recommendations, related to matters such as the structure and function, human resources development, occupational safety and health and coordination and cooperation among the various concerned institutions. Those recommendations, if considered, are expected to enhance the effectiveness of labour inspection system as one of the main tools for protecting labour and human rights and ensure decent working conditions in the Lebanon.

The assistance and cooperation of the Ministry of Labour officials facilitated the completion of this audit. The social partners and the General Organization for Social Insurance also enriched this audit with the information they provided.