Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch (LABADMIN/OSH)

Achieving decent, safe and healthy working conditions has been central to the mission of the International Labour Organization since its creation in 1919 and an objective that has been reaffirmed in the 1944 Declaration of Philadelphia and the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for Fair Globalization. Almost half of all ILO Conventions and Recommendations, either wholly or in part, address issues related to occupational safety and health (OSH) and a significant number of Conventions and Recommendations similarly address the important role labour administration and labour inspection play in assisting countries to achieving compliance with international labour standards.

The Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health Branch (LABADMIN/OSH) is responsible for developing and assisting in the implementation of the ILO’s objectives in these important areas through the provision of technical expertise and support on global, regional and national levels. LABADMIN/OSH combines within one branch the responsibilities previously divided between the former Programme on Safety and Health at Work and the Environment (SafeWork) and the Labour Administration and Inspection Programme (LAB/ADMIN). More about mission and vision

News, articles and statements

  1. Study of the Impact of Labour Inspection actions on compliance with labour legislation

    15 July 2022

    Based on the ILO Guide on the Harmonization of Labour Inspection Statistics, the ILO conducted a survey of a number of labour inspectorates concerning the indicators and criteria they use to measure the impact of their inspection activity, as well as its effectiveness, efficiency and penetration rate.

  2. A look into ILO practices promoting effective labour law compliance

    07 April 2022

    New publication offers an overview of the ILO’s LABADMIN/OSH work through projects to ensure labour law compliance across the world

  3. 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.