The Senior Labour Inspectors’ Committee (SLIC) was first established in 1982 to assist the European Commission in monitoring the enforcement of EU legislation at the local level.
A Commission Decision (95/319/EC) gave the Committee formal status in 1995 with a mandate to give its opinion to the Commission, either at the Commission’s request or on its own initiative, on all problems relating to the enforcement by the Member States of Community law on health and safety at work.
The Committee is regulated by:
The SLIC’s overriding objective is to achieve common principles of labour inspection in the field of occupational health and safety, for example, in the areas of inspection services (availability of effective sanctions) and prevention services (availability of a wide range of technical expertise).
Its role is to ‘monitor, on the basis of close cooperation between its members and the Commission, the effective and equivalent enforcement of secondary Community law on health and safety at work, and to analyse the practical questions involved in monitoring the enforcement of legislation in this field.’
It sets out to develop an ongoing exchange of information among the national bodies and, in addition to its regular meetings, the Committee organises seminars and an exchange system for safety inspectors.
The principal activities of SLIC are to:
The Committee is composed of the Commission and two representatives (one representative as from 1 January 2010) of the labour inspection services of each EU Member State. It assembles for a meeting every six months in the EU Member State holding the EU Presidency.
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