Friday, 15 January 2016

FGN to Issue Safety Certificate to Workplaces

The Federal Government will soon begin to issue certificate of safety to factories and workplaces, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr  Chris Ngige, has said.
The minister stated this on Monday while paying on-the-spot visit to the Inter Corp Limited gas plant owned by Chicason Group in Nnewi, Anambra State.
The minister said petrol stations and gas plants would also require a certificate of safety from the Department of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment alongside the licence by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).
“The DPR issuing licences for the building of petrol stations and gas plants is not enough. The department should also be issuing a safety certificate from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
“From now on, no DPR licence will be valid unless there is a certification from the ministry’s OSH department. The ministry is also planning monthly inspection of factories to ensure compliance. We can do that because we have offices in all the 36 states of the federation including Abuja,” he said.
The minister said the OSH department needed to be strengthened for it to ensure occupational safety in the workplace, assuring that the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and OSH would embark on aggressive factory inspection from the second quarter of the year.
“From the second quarter of 2016, the ministry would embark on aggressive factory regulation activities aimed at ensuring that factories are up to date on their responsibilities in terms of safety of workers. Both the NSITF and occupational safety and health department will enforce the laws guiding safety in the workplace,” he said.
The Managing Director of NSITF, Abubakar Munir, said every company that has workers on its payroll is expected to register such workers on the ECS.
“All firms and companies operating in Nigeria are expected to register its workers on the Employees Compensation Scheme (ECS). Those who are registering now will have to pay in arrears starting from July 2011 when the scheme started except new companies that started operation after that date,” he added.
In a related event, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi has called on Resident Doctors to support the Federal Government’s efforts at ensuring industrial peace and harmony in the health sector.
The minister spoke when he received an award of ‘Ambassador of Conscience and Notary Personality’ from the Association of Resident Doctors, FCT chapter, in his office.
Ocholi reiterated the commitment of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to the promotion of decent employment and enhancement of welfare of the Nigerian workers.
Earlier, the President, Association of Resident Doctors of Nigeria, FCT chapter, Dr. Isaac Olubanjo Akere, urged him to use his legal background to discharge his responsibility as minister.
Culled from The Nation Newspaper

Thursday, 14 January 2016


Let's promote a positive safety culture in the workplace and the society at large...It's a joint responsibility. We can do it!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Safety Requires Effort!

While it may be true that safety is common sense and every one desires to be in a state of safety, happenings around us and researches have shown that there is a great deal of hard work to enjoy and experience safety. It therefore requires concerted efforts and energy to achieve safety goals and objectives at home, road and the general workplaces.

This required effort is the missing link that makes safety elusive to humans and the society. While we all desire and crave for a safe workplace and society, how many have counted the cost of achieving this? If it costs you something to achieve your goals and objectives in life, safety as a goal can only be achieved when the right commitment is provided. This cuts across all aspects of corporate and individual structures.

Safety as natural as it may sound, requires planned and strategic efforts! Structures and systems must be put in place to include all indices that will help in achieving the goals of safety. These indices include money, personnel, facilities, resources, knowledge and skills, willingness, etc. Most corporate entities understand this and consciously develop and implement systems to ensure that their operations are controlled and managed to reduce the effects on persons, environment, assets and productions.  However, individuals have not come to appreciate this, and so leave their safety and that of their families to some other factors, known and unknown including government and society.

It is an known cliche that safety is everyone responsibility. We all say it, sing it, mouth it, etc; but it does not appear we understand the meaning of the statement. Simply put, you are responsible for your safety and the of others around you. So, be responsible, and work out your own safety (and that of others) with committed effort and hard work. The anticipated gains are more than worth it.

So. let's go for it...plan and actualise your safety goals...with concerted and determined efforts. It pays!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Security/Safety Tips For The Christmas Holidays
                                     (By Mrs Dominga Odebunmi, culled from Safety Advocates Platform)

While the Christmas season is a time for giving, for thieves and burglars, it is a unique season for taking your hard-earned money, gifts and possessions. They may ultimately rob you of all the joy and sense of goodness that the holidays are all about. We must also be security conscious as there are people out there with a completely different agenda from ours. For this reason, we can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware.

Here are some security tips that can be of great value during this yuletide season.

• Park your cars in a well-lighted area.
• Avoid driving alone especially at night.
• Keep all car doors locked and windows closed while in or out of your car. Also ensure to set your alarm and other anti-theft devices.
• Don’t park your car too far from your destination and always take note of where your car is parked.
• Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
• Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.
• If there are suspicious people in the area, ask the mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location. Do not approach your car alone.
Using Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)
• Avoid using an ATM in isolated locations.
• If you must use an ATM, choose one that is located in a well-lighted location with people around.
• Do not use your date of birth as your ATM PIN.
• Protect your PIN by shielding the ATM keypad from anyone who is standing near you.
• Withdraw only the amount of cash that you need.
• Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.
• Avoid using the ATM after dark unless it is well lit and well secured.
• Watch out for people loitering around the ATM.
• Cancel your transaction, walk away and use a different ATM if you notice suspicious behaviour.
• Have your card out and ready to use before you get to the machine.
• Don’t linger at the ATM to count your cash; leave quickly once transaction has been completed.
• Don’t disclose your card details to anyone. You can hotlist your stolen GTBank ATM card via Internet banking, GTConnect or send HOTLIST to 08076665555.
• If possible, leave small children at home with a trusted babysitter.
• Teach children to stay close to you at all times while shopping.
• Never allow children to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom.
• Children should never be allowed to go to the car alone and they should never be left alone in the car.
• Teach children to immediately inform you if a stranger is bothering them.

It is advisable to shop during the day, but if you must shop at night, ensure to go with a friend or family member. 
• Avoid wearing expensive items when shopping. 
• Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible. 
• Even when in a rush and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings. 
• Avoid carrying cash as much as possible. Pay for purchases with your debit card. 
• Keep available cash in your front pocket. 
• Notify your bank immediately if your debit card is lost or stolen. 
• Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. 

• Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes. 
• Leave a radio or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied. 
• Increase your home security by installing solid core doors, heavy duty locks and other security devices. 

Identity Theft 
• Avoid promotional scams; fraudsters use them to get your personal information. 
• Keep your purse or wallet in a safe place at work and at home as well as documents containing sensitive personal information. 
• Carry only the identification information and the number of bank cards that you actually need. 
• Don’t use the same password for every transactions.........

Monday, 2 February 2015

2nd Lagos Safety Walk - 07/02/2015

Join Us for this walk and stay safe and healthy...see flyers for details. Please come with your families, friends and colleagues...'UBUNTU...I am because We are'

See you there!!!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Safety First OR Safety Always?

This is a question that requires some good thinking because traditionally, safety has been considered the most important aspect of any job, activity or business. As a matter of fact, there are many companies today who use the cliché 'Safety 1st...Safety 2nd...Safety 3rd! Believe me, as a safety consultant, I am very quick to accept this; of course, you don't expect less! I grew up in my career reading, hearing and discussing this. So many posters, flyers, banners, etc with the bold inscription "Safety First"

I clearly remembered a situation where a production manager remarked, "If Safety is 1st, 2nd and 3rd, then why are we here"? You safety people should just take charge and produce all for us...Of course, we all laughed, but the production man has a point, which the safety team waved aside!

However, looking at reality that beckons on businesses and projects in recent times, I am having a rethink...perhaps you may call this modern safety, but can safety be 1st, 2nd and 3rd? What will be the last? Production? Quality? Just my thoughts though, hence this post.

What do you think should be the cliché ,'? Safety First or Safety Always or Safety First, Last & Always?

Let's get a go at this and make your comments known. We may just be birthing another reality in our modern day management of safety...we have the opportunity to change the way safety is communicated to others...otherwise, confrontations and repulsions won't stop.

I await your comments....enjoy!