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LASG TO DEVELOP OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH MASTERPLAN

The DG Safety Commission Mr. Lanre Mojola addressing some Journalist at a Press Conference in Alausa, Ikeja

The Lagos State Safety Commission on Thursday disclosed that the Commission is set to develop occupational safety and health Master plan for the state.

The Director General, Mr. Lanre Mojola disclose this at a press conference in Alausa Ikeja.

He said the commission was saddled with the responsibility of developing safety guidelines for the State’s reopening of economic activities post COVID-19 lockdown.

He declared that “The Commission was involved in the enforcement of COVID-19 Protocol and this led to to sealing of 30 event centres and 400 clubs across the State”.

On 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.

He added that the commission issued Provisional Safety Compliance Certificates for 90 days and Safety Compliance Certificates thereafter if compliance status was maintained.

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 work places.

Mojola revealed that the annual World Safety Day would kick-off across the world on 28th April to create awareness, sensitize 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 OSH consultants/ practitioners as well as professional bodies to celebrate the day by brainstorming to develop practicable and actionable ideas on how to significantly reduce man=hour losses in the workplace across the State.

“This will increase overall productivity and enhance the wellbeing of Lagosians,” he stated.

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 said the ambassadors would serve as link between the Commission and secondary schools, adding that the commission has been carrying out safety audit in over 500 public and private schools since 2019.

He said” The Vision is for every student to be safety conscious and develop competencies in hazard identification and mitigation”.