The president of American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Nigeria Chapter), Mr Stephen Udezi has challenged all levels of government and stakeholders on the need to adapt to relevant safety and health practices within the workplace and environment.
Udezi stated this in Lagos at the just concluded professional development conference, technical session, exhibition and networking organized by the ASSE Nigeria chapter in collaboration with Lagos state safety commission.
Speaking on the theme, ‘Sustainable Efforts at Repositioning Occupational Safety & Health Practice in Nigeria’, he lamented the increasing number of safety issues at homes, schools, companies, organizations and government institutions.
Udezi, who is also a Safety Health and Environment (SH & E) expert, said that the increasing number of safety issues prompted the theme of this year’s event adding that professionals in safety sector must be good ambassadors in the country.
He said: “Let’s listen, digest and put to good use every lecture, so that we can go home and achieve our collective desire in ensuring that Nigeria becomes a reference point for best practices in occupational and health practices”.
In his address, the director general/ CEO of Lagos state safety commission, Hon. Hakeem Olaogun Dickson noted that the commission in its efforts to maintain effective networking with relevant stakeholders in reducing workplace accidents, illnesses, injuries, diseases and facilities joined the vision zero campaign.
The campaign was globally launched by International Social Security Association (ISSA) and International Labour Organization (ILO) with the aim of preventing disease, injuries, illnesses and fatalities through the seven golden rules.
Dickson explained that the commission is expected to drive the campaign through a three dimension approach such as safety, health and wellbeing in workplaces.
He noted that Lagos state safety commission created vision zero awareness geared towards achieving zero harm in workplaces.
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