Strengthening and modernizing labour inspection

Strengthening and modernizing labour inspection

Strengthening and modernizing labour inspection

12–23 October 2020
The course is available in English, Español
Introduction to the course

The course will address the main features of a modern labour-inspection system, and will expose participants to selected international best practice. It will provide participants with the opportunity to gain new insights, share experiences and reflect on key issues, trends and challenges to modernizing their labour inspection systems.

Who attends this course?

Managers of labour inspectorates at central or decentralized level; labour administration and labour inspection officials; ILO officials and staff of technical cooperation projects; experts, researchers, trainers and consultants in labour-related issues.


At the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Explain the principles, functions and main characteristics of labour inspection;
  • Describe the fundamental principles and rights at work;
  • Analyze the benefits of a sound labour inspection policy and planning;
  • Select appropriate compliance strategies and campaigns;
  • Identify the role of labour inspection regarding vulnerable workers and gender issues;
  • Improve safety and health at the workplace;
  • Perform more technical inspection of construction sites;
  • Describe information systems and tools for labour inspection;
  • Recognize good practices of labour inspection.

The ILO and its standard-setting role; Labour administration; Principles, functions and main characteristics of labour inspection; Labour inspection in the context of public sector reform;

Labour inspection and social dialogue; National systems of occupational safety and health; Policy and planning; ILO strategic compliance model; Labour inspection campaigns; Labour inspection visit; Occupational safety and health;  Occupational accidents; Fundamental principles and rights at work: freedom of association and collective bargaining; forced labour; child labour; non discrimination; Labour inspection and migrant workers; Labour inspection of vulnerable workers; Information systems for labour inspection; Tools for labour inspection;

Ethics and labour inspection; Soft skills for labour inspectors;  Inspection of construction sites;  Inspection of selected workplaces; Labour inspection and gender issues;

Project-based inspections;  Labour inspection and the informal economy; Labour inspection and domestic work; Selected good practices of labour inspection;  Capacity building for labour inspection;  Modernizing labour inspection: way forward.


A participatory approach combining presentations by experts, discussions, exercises, case studies and group work will be adopted throughout the course.

Applications and fees

If you wish to participate in this course, please fill in the online application on the above link. The application should be accompanied by a letter from the sponsoring organization committing to cover participation cost (3,795 Euros). Participation cost includes tuition, training-related documentation and use of campus facilities; single-room accommodation, meals, laundry and emergency medical insurance.

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