Labour Inspection in the Age of Digitalization – cognitive and other aspects

Due to digitalization, many jobs are becoming increasingly complex and abstract. Workers are expected to handle large quantities of information, learn new things, adapt to changes and use digital tools. Another aspect of digitalization is the disappearing boundaries of time and space, as work can be performed anytime and anywhere – work without boundaries. This course looks into cognitive and other aspects of the digitalization of work with specific focus on the roles of labour inspection services and employers in contributing to sound work environments.


Course objectives

Contribute to the enhancement of labour inspection services by increasing the knowledge in:

  • challenges to working conditions and the work environment due to digitalisation
  • challenges to legislation regulating working conditions and the work environment
  • how challenges to work and legislation affects labour inspection services
  • how digital technique affects practices and methods of labour inspection services

Target group

  • Primary target group: persons involved in the inspection of the work environment, such as inspectors, civil servants and decision makers.
  • Secondary target group: other people interested in the area such as experts, researchers and journalists.

Course outline

The course will be based on lectures and presentations divided into 50% theory given by researchers and other experts on various aspects, 50% practical examples given by persons involved in the labour inspection services of different countries. There will also be time for the participants to discuss various issues and, if they like, present relevant examples from their own organization or country.


Main topics

  • Digitalization causes changes in how work in different sectors is carried out. How are risks to occupational safety and health (OSH) changing as an effect of new and changing work practices? What are the consequences for legislation and inspection services?
  • How is digitalization affecting the practice of labour inspection services?
  • Digitalization has led to more occupational flexibility of time and space: “work without boundaries”. This is especially the case for office workers. What are positive and negative effects of this development on occupational health and safety? What are the consequences for legislation and inspection services?
  • Cognition has become a key OSH factor in today’s working life full of digital tools and large amounts of information. A discussion about “brain friendly” work environments must include questions about age and impairments as well as risk factors such as noise, work organisation, leadership and type of office. What are the consequences for legislation and inspection services?
  • Digital tools have led to new ways of monitoring employees, raising questions about personal integrity and stress. What are the consequences for legislation and inspection services?
  • New work forms such as digital platforms and the “gig-economy” raise questions about OSH risks as well as the roles and responsibilities of different actors in the OSH system. Discussion about who is responsible for the work environment of self-employed and the gig-workers. What are the potential consequences for legislation and inspection services?
  • Some countries have made changes in their legislation to get around risks related to digitalization. What do we know about the effects of these changes? Are other changes underway? How will these changes affect the labour inspection services?

Registration deadline

October 14th 2019

The registration is closed.




The price of the course consists of two parts:

1) The course fee of EUR 500 and

2) One of the following:

  • The day package I fee of EUR 500
  • The day package II fee of EUR 330
  • Day package

    Day package I

    The day package I price is 500 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees, lunches, dinners and social program.

    The total price of the course is EUR 1000 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 500).

    We strongly encourage you to take part in the social program, as this is a vital part of the NIVA course experience. We believe in the power of networking (between people) and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

    Day package II

    The day package II price is 330 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees and lunches.

    The total price of the course is EUR 830 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 330).

    Kindly note that the day package II does not include dinners nor social program.

  • Accommodation

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 19th –21st of November 2019 at Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden. To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation through this link.

    The room price for a single standard room is SEK 2295/night (approx. EUR 220), including breakfast.

    The block reservation will be available until 19th of October 2019


  • Payment info

    Cancellations received by September, 18th 2019: full refund
    Cancellations received after September, 18th 2019: no refund

    The total price of the course will be invoiced after the registration deadline.

    The price is subject to minor changes.

Contact person

Course leader
Carin Håkansta
Senior Analyst, Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket), SE

Project Manager
Cecilia Weckman
mobile: +358 40 1258 748

Course venue

Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre
Nils Ericsons Plan 4
Stockholm, Sweden

Course program

Course Leader

Carin Håkansta


Eric Storbjörk
Hannes Kantelius
Joel Lööw
Linda Rolfö
Mariann Tiborn Neander
Marianne Strøm Hansen
Mikael Widell Blomé
Rebecka Cowen Forsell
Sacha Garben
Suresh Panicker
Virpi Kalakoski

General information

Course fee and payment The courses and workshops vary in price. Please note that the course fee does not cover meals or accommodation. The course fee and day-package fee are invoiced after the registration deadline. Travel arrangements Please refrain from booking any tickets until we have confirmed the course. The confirmation, which will be sent after the registration deadline, will include detailed information on the payment of the course fee and day-packages, as well as information on accommodation options and practical arrangements. Please note that you are not insured by NIVA. Accommodation For more information about accommodation options, please see the…

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