Publications & technical tools

2021

  1. Publication

    The GHS in the world of work: Mapping synergies between ILO Instruments and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)

    03 September 2021

    This report explores critical synergies between the GHS and the ILO’s instruments on chemicals and occupational safety and health, with an aim to further promote GHS implementation and an even greater engagement of the world of work in global efforts toward the safer management of chemicals.

  2. Publication

    The GHS in the world of work: Mapping synergies between ILO Instruments and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)

    03 September 2021

    This report explores critical synergies between the GHS and the ILO’s instruments on chemicals and occupational safety and health, with an aim to further promote GHS implementation and an even greater engagement of the world of work in global efforts toward the safer management of chemicals.

  3. Publication

    WISCON - Work Improvement for Small Construction Sites

    30 July 2021

    Action manual for improving safety, health and working conditions on small construction sites by employers, supervisors and workers.

  4. Compendium of Good Practices

    Building a culture of workplace compliance through development cooperation

    25 June 2021

    This compendium of good practices provides a unique set of successful practices from development cooperation projects to share knowledge gained and to help compliance actors improve efficiency with the long-term aim to replicate the positive results achieved and develop them further.

2020

  1. Publication

    Guide on Labour Inspection and Social Security

    05 June 2020

    This study is intended to provide governments and other parties interested with an overview of current approaches to the intervention of labour inspectorates on social security matters.

  2. Publication

    A Study on Labour Inspectors’ Careers

    20 March 2020

    This paper is addressed to managers of labour inspection systems who have to develop or improve a human resources (HR) policy for labour inspectors. It provides them with: a basis for developing HR policies specifically for labour inspectors; an overview of today’s current approaches to HR with respect to labour inspectors; and a number of national practices in recruitment, training, remuneration, promotion, mobility and work-life balance.

2019

  1. OSH Guide for Labour Inspectors

    Occupational Safety and Health - A Guide for Labour Inspectors and other stakeholders

    29 July 2019

    The aim of this guide is to assist inspectors and employers to fulfil their functions by providing information on the management of occupational safety and health (OSH) issues that are that are common across many sectors of industry.

2018

  1. Publication

    A Guide on Labour Inspection Intervention in the Informal Economy - A participatory method

    24 April 2018

    The informal economy comprises more than half of the global labour force and more than 90% of micro and small enterprises worldwide. It encompasses a huge diversity of situations, employers and workers, most of them operating out of survival needs, especially in industrializing countries. In these countries, the protection provided by regulatory systems may not apply in law or in practice to informal economic units and workers therein; the scarce resources of enforcement agencies along with the particular challenges related to the informal economy may also lead governments to concentrate their efforts in formal enterprises. To address these challenges, the ILO, together with labour inspectorates from selected African Member States, developed and piloted a simple and effective process to address fundamental labour rights and occupational safety and health deficits through labour inspection as presented in this guide.

2017

  1. Publication

    ILO Approach to Strategic Compliance Planning for Labour Inspectorates

    29 November 2017

  2. Electronic library on labour administration and inspection and occupational safety and health

    e-labadmin - 2020 - USB Card

    22 August 2017

  3. Publication

    Conducting Labour Inspections on Construction - A guide for labour inspectors

    22 August 2017

    The objective of this guide is to assist labour inspectors fulfil their inspectorial function by providing information, in a user friendly format on, a suggested methodology for conducting inspections of construction activities; from planning to reporting on the inspection, as well as providing technical information which labour inspectors can supply to employers and workers, so as to ensure “Decent Work”.

  4. Publication

    Towards Improved Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh

    05 June 2017

    The ILO’s ‘Improving Fire and General Building Safety in Bangladesh’ project funded by the US Department of Labor was launched in 2013 in response to the safety issues affecting the RMG sector. Coming to an end in January 2017, this publication highlights the major achievements of the project.

  5. Publication

    Presentation on "Optimize the collection and use of OSH data"

    13 April 2017

    This presentation aims at highlighting the key points of the 2017 World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

  6. Publication

    Optimizing compliance with child labour legislation through strategic collaboration of labour inspection and child labour monitoring programmes, Brief 1, January 2017

    07 February 2017

    Labour inspectorates, together with other public institutions and in collaboration with social partners, have long been active in addressing child labour and its worst forms through the combined use of advisory and enforcement actions. Despite these efforts, child labour continues to be a concern worldwide and, in most countries, inspectorates could leverage the action of other relevant players, among which are child labour monitors. Whilst many good practices of collaboration are recognised, it is also true that the synergies of these two mechanisms are not well known and thus there is the potential to improve collaboration.

  7. Publication

    Collection and Use of Labour Inspection Statistics - A short guide

    11 January 2017

    This guide is intended to introduce governments, in particular ministries of labour and labour inspectorates, the importance of labour inspection statistics and benefits that can be derived from them. The guide presents, in a user-friendly manner, practical advice about labour inspection information and statistics. It details why these statistics are useful and ways in which they can increase the efficiency of inspectorates; what areas they should cover; and how they can be produced, interpreted and presented to stakeholders.

2016

  1. Publication

    Guide on the Harmonization of Labour Inspection Statistics

    02 August 2016

    This publication provides a methodology for the use of common terms and definitions and common procedures for the collection and compilation of labour inspection data. It also incorporates several additional recommendations that further the objective of harmonizing labour inspection statistics.

  2. Governance and Tripartism working paper series

    Technical Report: ILO workshop on labour administration reforms and innovations: efficiency and outreach

    01 July 2016

    This report summarises the main findings and evaluations from the workshop ‘Labour Administration Reforms and Innovations: Efficiency and Outreach’ held in Prague between the 8th and the 10th of December, 2015. The workshop was designed to develop synergies between academia, labour practitioners and ILO specialists in order to enhance the ILO knowledge base. In addition, the workshop sought to explore practical tools that could be used in technical cooperation activities in the field of labour administration.

  3. Governance and Tripartism working paper series

    Technical Report: Comparative Developments in Labour Administration

    01 June 2016

    The principal objective of this publication is to provide an overview and analysis of the current situation regarding the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in labour administrations worldwide, in order to help policymakers and practitioners who seek to respond to the demands of the current technological environment and harness its potential. This paper is the first initiative of the ILO to focus broadly on this topic.

  4. Workplace Stress

    Workplace Stress: A collective challenge

    04 April 2016

    This report aims at presenting trends on work-related stress in both developed and developing countries with a view to raising awareness of the magnitude of the problem in the new context of the world of work

2015

  1. Governance and Tripartism working paper series

    Report on the global survey into the use of information and communication technologies in national labour administration systems

    06 November 2015

    The principal objective of this publication is to provide an overview and analysis of the current situation regarding the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in labour administrations worldwide, in order to help policymakers and practitioners who seek to respond to the demands of the current technological environment and harness its potential. This paper is the first initiative of the ILO to focus broadly on this topic.