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An Insight Into The Revised National OSH Policy: Establishment Of New Regulatory Body, New School Curriculum And Other Salient Points

By: Smart Olawale

It’s been 132 days since this newly revised policy was introduced.
Chris Ngige
Chris Ngige, Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment.

The Federal Government introduced a revised policy on Occupational Safety and Health on the 16th of September 2020 and the news of it was met with huge excitement because the last time the policy was reviewed was over 14 years ago.

It’s been 132 days since this newly revised policy was introduced.

No doubt, the effectual implementation of this policy will not only promote workplace safety but will also be of huge benefit to the country as a whole.

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The reviewed OSH policy laid bare a framework that elucidated on the part each stakeholder is expected to play in the unending project of keeping every worker in the system safe from work-related accidents and illnesses.

The 33-pages guide contained important information and we have decided to give you insights to some of the salient things stated in the policy book.

1) Together, We Can: One thing that the policy emphasized is the need for stakeholders to collaborate to communicate the need for safety at workplaces to various publics. Chapter 3 (1c) of the policy states that “all stakeholders should engage in advocacy and promotional activities for improved safety and health standards…” It admonished all stakeholders to “demonstrate support for occupational safety and health programs and activities”.

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In case you are wondering who the stakeholders are, the policy also included that the stakeholders are “All Nigeria workplaces (Formal and Non-formal sector); All workers, including but not limited to all workers employed in governmental, non-governmental, private, public, independent, micro, small, medium and large size organization”.

2) The Policy Revealed The Intention to Set Up A Regulatory Body And Agency: The revised policy added that a new regulatory body will be created under the federal ministry of Labour and Employment to “coordinate and regulate all Occupational Safety and Health activities, including setting and review of Standards, Codes of Practice, etc”. The body will be named “National Council for Occupational Safety and Health”.

Also, the federal government, through the ministry of Labour and Employment promised to set up a National Research Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. “The Statutory Authority, all relevant agencies and the academia, shall facilitate quality research and analysis of Occupational Safety and Health data”, it read.

3) Building from the foundation: School is a big part of the agents of socialization. The federal ministry of Labour and Employment is as well ready to leverage on that truism as it promises to introduce OSH into the syllabus of schools from primary level to tertiary level.

4) Organizations’ Homework: The policy instructed all the organizations in the country to “develop and implement an organizational policy and comprehensive program on Occupational Safety and Health. It also directed that the policies should be reviewed regularly as stipulated by national laws and regulations.

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Smart Olawale
Smart Olawale is a Journalist (writing for HSENations), Marketing & Communication Enthusiast, Digital Marketer, Speaker and Educationist.
He holds a B.Sc Degree in Mass Communication from the prestigious Olabisi Onabanjo University.
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