The Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola, has said the actualization of safety regulation is a key component as we approach a new decade.
Lanre Mojola stated this at the just concluded Safety advocacy programme with the theme, “Actualization of Safety Laws and Regulations in Lagos State” in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.
The DG explained that actualizing safety laws and regulations in Lagos state will be top most priority for the commission as a new decade dawns in year 2020. He said it will no longer be business as usual if the commission must achieve result.
Mojola further urged stakeholders in occupational health and safety to adhere to the laws guiding the safety globally and as well called upon employers to provide a an enabling safe system at their work place to ensure the safety of lives of all workers with them.
“Employer must ensure the safety of workers both in their health, see to it that appropriate personal protective equipment are provided for in the use of machinery, and adhere to safety standards in every ramifications.
“Workers must also know that they should not get involved in tasks that can cause injury or that are hazardous such as dangerous liquids and fumes, explosives, and inflammable dusts, gases, vapours and other substances. Workers must receive proper training and work under the supervisor who has thorough knowledge and experience of the machine.”
Also, the secretary to the commission on legal matter, Ms Tola Sanusi, in her presentation highlighted issues of safety as a critical tool for the development and protection of lives and property.
Ms. Sanusi stated that the birth of the Lagos State Safety Commission is to build a society that values life through a change in unsafe attitude that would increase life expansion, national productivity and enhance a conducive environment for investments and business continuity.
In his remarks, the Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), said, the state had had enough accidents that could have been averted if adequate judicial infrastructure that handled safety cases and emphasized the need for public compliance across board, was put in place.
“With zero compliance on safety regulations, there is no doubt that it would enable Lagos State to lift her head proudly among other global economies of the World because adequate judicial infrastructure that handle safety cases will be entrenched. We shall pursue public compliance across board, from building collapse, to fire breakouts, to workers being killed on the job.” He concluded.