The Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) is a department under the Ministry of Labour and Employment. This department is responsible for ensuring welfare, safety and health of valuable human resources working in various sectors contributing national development. By enforcing labour laws of the country, the department has been leading the nation in creating a safe and healthy work culture and improving the quality of wage earner. The DIFE is no longer considered a mere labour law enforcement agency, it provides information and advice to employers and workers concerning the most effective means of complying with the legal provisions. The DIFE Collaborates with various government and private organizations, agencies along with international organizations specially ILO to facilitate policy, planning, measures and directions adopted to enhance occupational safety and health for all workers by appropriate working conditions and environment.
In 1969, on the basis of the Pakistan Government along with the report made by Air Vice Marshal Nur Khan, labour department was divided into three parts: (1) Labour Department (2) Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments and (3) Department of Trade union Registration. In the following year in 1970, The Department of inspection for Factories and Establishments was created as a separate department in pursuance of ILO Labour Inspection Convention No. 81 and labour policy of 1969. Bangladesh emerges as an independent and sovereign country in the world map through a glorious liberation war in 1971. Over the long span of 42 years of independence, a huge number of factories, shops and commercial establishments has flourished in the country. The importance of industry and trade is increasing day by day. Millions of workers are working in these sectors. The Department of inspection for Factories and Establishments has been carrying out the responsibilities by ensuring legal rights, safe and hygienic work place for the huge number of working people.