Organizational Profiles

Ministry of Welfare

The main tasks of the Ministry of Welfare in the field of occupational safety and health are as follows:

  • to develop the national policy of labour protection and to facilitate its implementation;

  • to ensure elaboration of national labour protection legislation and its compliance with the EU and international legal acts in this field;
  • to promote creation of safe and harmless working environment, protection of the employees’ right to labour protection and social guarantees;
  • to facilitate the process of development of labour protection administration system;
  • to promote informing of employers and employees on occupational safety and health issues.

Co-operation with other institutions:
Under supervision and authority of the Ministry of Welfare, there is a number of institutions involved in the operation of occupational safety and health protection system. The structure of the Ministry of Welfare is based on several departments. In total, the Ministry of Welfare comprises 11 departments, out of which one – Labour Department – is directly responsible for the elaboration of labour protection policy and strategy and implementation thereof in the country, and three other (Social Protection Department (SPD), Environmental Health Department (EHD) and Health Department (HD)) are indirectly involved in the occupational safety and health protection system through the institutions under their supervision or authority.

The Ministry of Welfare mainly collaborates with all the institutions under its supervision and authority, including the key institution for supervision and control of the occupational safety and health protection system – State Labour Inspectorate. On a yearly basis, the MoW evaluates the work of SLI, and MoW has the right to recommend SLI to focus on a particular labour protection issue.

MoW closely co-operates with the Latvian Employers’ Confederation (LEC) and the Latvian Free Trade Union Confederation (LFTUC). In elaboration of new legislative acts in the field of labour protection, representatives of the social partners are involved in the process as from the initial stages of drafting legislation, thus providing them with an opportunity to voice their opinion and co-ordinate it as early as possible. Close co-operation is also taking place as regards to exchange of information on occupational safety and health issues. Labour Department, in collaboration with State Labour Inspectorate, submits proposals on the preventive action plan elaborated by the State Social Insurance Agency (SSIA).

Contact address:
Skolas street 28, Riga, LV – 1331
Phone: + 371 7021600; Fax: +371 7276445

State Labour Inspection

SLI is the key control and supervisory institution in the field of labour protection operating under supervision of MoW.

SLI operates in accordance with the Law on State Labour Inspectorate and its main tasks and functions are as follows:

  • To supervise and control implementation of the requirements of normative acts on employment relations, labour protection and technical surveillance of dangerous equipment;
  • To control fulfilment of the mutual obligations of employers and employees imposed by employment contracts and collective agreements;
  • To promote co-operation of employers and employees and to carry out measures to facilitate resolution of disputes between employer and employees;
  • To study the issues of employment legal relations, labour protection and technical surveillance of dangerous equipment;
  • To perform investigation and uniform registration of accidents at work and to participate in investigation of the cases of occupational diseases according to the procedure stipulated by normative acts;
  • To register dangerous equipment, to issue permits for commencement of utilisation of dangerous equipment and to investigate breakdowns of dangerous equipment according to the procedure stipulated by normative acts;
  • To control equipment at workplaces, utilisation of personal and collective protective equipment of the staff, utilisation of harmful and dangerous substances, as well observance of technological processes according to the requirements of normative acts;
  • To perform market surveillance of equipment, work equipment and personal and collective protective equipment of the staff;
  • To provide free of charge consultations to employers, employees and holders of dangerous equipment on the requirements of normative acts in the field of employment legal relations, labour protection and technical surveillance of dangerous equipment.

Contact address:
Kr. Valdemara str. 38, LV – 1010, Riga, Latvia
Phone: +371 7021704; Fax: +371 7021569

Latvian Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health

Riga Stradins University (RSU), is a higher education and research institution autonomous within the limits set by the Higher Educational Establishments Law. The structure of RSU comprises faculties, academic schools, institutes, chairs, centres, colleges, clinics, research and study laboratories performing educational, methodological and research activities in compliance with internal regulations approved by RSU. RSU is under supervision of the Ministry of Welfare.
Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health (IOEH) is an academic, scientific and medical structural unit of RSU that was established as a result of long standing collaboration between the Laboratory of Hygiene and Occupational Diseases, Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine of RSU, as well as the Occupational and Radiation Medicine Centre of P.Stradins Clinical University Hospital.
The Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health (IOEH) performs training, information activities, scientific research and expert consulting services in the field of health protection and safety at work.
The main functions:
– Scientific research
– Information activities
– Clinical and diagnostic activities
– Consultation activities (expert services, hygienic measurements etc)
– Training on occupational safety and health (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Contact address:
Dzriciema str. 16, A 708, Riga, LV 1007
Phone: + 371 7409139, Fax: + 371 7471815

Agency of Public Health

Public Health Agency is under direct supervision of the Ministry of Welfare (HD), and its aim is to promote public health by participating in implementation of national policy in the field of hygienic and epidemiological safety, to carry out surveillance of communicable and non-infectious diseases in the country, to inform and educate the public about topical public health issues.

Contact address:
Klijanu str. 7, Riga, LV-1012
Phone: + 371 7081510; Fax: +371 7374980

Latvian Employers Confederation

LEC is an organisation of employers’ associations and employers of Latvia established in accordance with the Law “On Employers’ Organisations and Their Associations” and the Law “On Non-Governmental Organisations and Their Associations”. Latvian employers’ organisations and individual employers unite in the Confederation on voluntary basis in order to represent and defend their economic, social and professional interests, as well as other interests corresponding to the objectives and functions of the Confederation, on the grounds of Laws in force in the Republic of Latvia and the decisions of the institutions of the Confederation.
The Members of LEC employ over one third of the whole labour force in Latvia. Membership of LEC covers the large enterprises and professional on industry associations uniting also small enterprises which are not able to acquire direct membership of LEC due to the limitation laid don in the Law “On Employers’ Organisations and Their Associations” (i.e., that an enterprise should employ at least 50 employees).
The objective of LEC is to promote strengthening and development of Latvian employers and their organisations as an important component of the economy of Latvia. For this purpose, LEC performs the following tasks and functions:

  • Represents the interests of employers’ organisations in their relations with trade unions, state and municipal institutions, at NTCC and its Subcouncils, as well as at international employers’ organisations;
  • Forms the policy of employers’ organisations;
  • Elaborates proposals on improvement of social and labour relations, on development of economic strategy, on organisation of vocational training consistent with economic development and the demands of the labour market, and submits them to state and municipal institutions; as well as carries out training of the members of employers organisations;
  • Collaborates with trade unions in preparation and conclusion of collective agreements as well as in other issues of employment relations;
  • Informs its members about normative acts in the economic and social area;
  • Participates in labour dispute settlement, including strikes;
  • Collects and analyses information on employers’ organisations and their associations, and informs general public about issues of concern to employers.

LEC also participates in dissemination of information by regularly informing the members of LEC about the news in the field of labour protection and by providing training on these issues.

Contact address:
Vilandes iela 12-1, LV 1010, Riga, Latvija
Phone: +371 7225162; Fax: +371 7224469

Latvian Free Trade Unions Confederation

Independent industry trade unions and professional associations of trade unions of the Republic of Latvia are united by LFTUC on voluntary basis in order to defend the common interests and promote common objectives.
The basic operation principles of LFTUC include equality of member organisations, implementation of common interests and democratic representation in the institutions of the Confederation, collegiate management, transparency, co-operation with those non-governmental organisations and movements in Latvia and abroad whose aims and actions facilitate implementation of trade union interests. The Confederation bases its activities on examination and analysis of the views of member organisations.
The objectives of LFTUC are to unite trade unions for fulfilment of common tasks, to represent, defend and extend the employment, economic and social rights of trade unionists; to extend the participation of trade unions in development of legitimate state and democratic society; to integrate into the world trade union movement.
The main tasks and functions of LFTUC are as follows:

  • To develop and implement a joint trade union action programme at national level, to co-ordinate and facilitate mutual co-operation of member organisations;

  • To represent LFTUC and its member organisations at public administration institutions, public prosecutor’s office, court, employers’ and other organisations, NTCC and it subcouncils;

  • To carry out expertise of laws, other normative acts and their drafts and to elaborate proposals on issues of relevance to the common rights and interests of member organisations and their members; if necessary, to elaborate alternative drafts and to submit them to legislative and executive public institutions;

  • To provide legal counselling to member organisations on labour law and other issues related to employment contract;

  • To conclude agreements with employers’ organisations at national and inter-industry level on the terms of remuneration and guarantees of employment, social and economic rights for the members of trade unions;

  • To organise training of the leaders and staff of member organisations and regional trade union centres;

  • To create a joint trade union information system;

  • To promote establishment of social interest protection funds, to participate in charity activities;

  • To submit proposals on increasing wages, pensions and social benefits as well as on changes in tax system, etc. to the government and employers’ organisations at national and inter-industry level; to elaborate proposals on improvement of the system of remuneration for work and to submit them to the government;

  • To participate in elaboration of national economic development and employment programmes in order to facilitate job placement, vocational training and retraining of the population;

  • To participate in the international trade union movement and to facilitate development of international contacts of member organisations;

  • To facilitate election of trade union representatives to state and municipal institutions;

  • To organise and lead joint actions accepted by member organisations for achieving the aims of trade unions (meetings, demonstrations, pickets, strikes, etc.);

  • To promote solution of gender equality issues;

  • To promote involvement of all employees, particularly youth, in trade unions;

  • To facilitate alignment of the fields of competence of member organisations and mergers of related industry trade unions, to facilitate dispute settlement among member organizations.

Contact address:
Bruninieku str.29/31, Riga, LV 1001
Phone: + 371 7 270351; Fax: +371 7 276649