The Lagos State Safety Commission on Thursday disclosed that the Commission is set to develop an occupational safety and health master plan for the State.
The Director-General of the Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola revealed this at a press conference held in Alausa, Ikeja, adding that the commission has been saddled with the responsibility of developing safety guidelines for the State’s reopening of economic activities post COVID-19 lockdown.
He said, “The Commission was involved in the enforcement of COVID-19 Safety Protocols which led to the sealing of 30 event centres and 400 clubs across the State”.
On building construction safety, the DG, said the Commission carried out risk assessment and unscheduled safety inspections of construction sites to ensure safety compliance, as well as adherence to COVID-19 protocols to prevent accidents, incidents, illnesses and loss of lives.
While informing that the Commission will issue Provisional Safety Compliance Certificates for 90 days and Safety Compliance Certificates thereafter if compliance status was maintained by a facility, Mojola stated that enforcement action was carried out in 609 construction sites for repeated failure to comply with safety regulations.
“The idea is to provide a comprehensive strategic framework and policy direction for Occupational Safety and Health in Lagos State. This will further protect the State’s most valuable resource and asset (its human capital) by building a safer and healthier Lagos, through the development and sustenance of occupational safety and health in workplaces” he stated.
Mojola also revealed that the annual World Safety Day would kick-off across the world on 28th April, 2021, to create awareness, sensitise and educate people on the importance of keeping the workplace safe and free from occupational hazards, accidents, incidents and preventable illnesses.
“The Commission, in keeping with the global trend is partnering with Safety consultants/ practitioners as well as professional bodies to celebrate the day by brainstorming to develop practicable and actionable ideas on how to significantly reduce manhour losses in the workplace across the State. This will increase overall productivity and enhance the wellbeing of Lagosians”, the DG explained.
On school safety, Mojola said the commission has established Safety Prefects in public and private schools, saying that the inauguration of Safety Ambassadors in the six Education Districts of the State has begun.
He explained that the ambassadors would serve as a link between the Commission and Secondary Schools, adding that the Agency has been carrying out safety audit in over 500 public and private schools since 2019.
“The vision is for every student to be safety conscious and develop competencies in hazard identification and mitigation”, Mojola disclosed.