Nigerian Safety stakeholders from the Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (INDT) and Lifting Equipment Inspectors’ Association (LEIA) have raised concerns over the observed sharp practices in the sector that could undermine safety at workplace.
The manufacturing group had equally reiterated the need to clampdown on the activities of quacks, stressing that the suggestion by the Nigerian safety stakeholders is a development raised to address risks and disasters in workplaces.
HSENations gathered that In some presentations made at a one-day National Stakeholders Awareness and Sensitisation Workshop in Abuja, safety experts, including the Managing Director, Hull Inspection Services Limited, Uchenna Duaka, said sharp practices in the sector would undermine progress in the nation’s manufacturing, oil, gas and allied industries.
The Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Donald Alasoadura, also said there were setbacks in workplace disaster management due to the lack of safety regulations, codes of practice and guidelines.
Alasoadura said “Going forward, the effective implementation of the Regulations would undoubtedly, lead to a significant reduction of the risks associated with lifting equipment, boilers and pressure vessels.
He therefore, called for strict adherence to the guidelines specified in the regulations, and the adoption of established good practices at workplace according to factories act.
”Enacted in 2004, Factories Act was designed to ensure occupational safety and health of Nigerian workers.
“With this development, we will apprehend any sharp practices in the industry. We have started the awareness to inform the industry that there is a new regulation in place, which will have impacts in their businesses both in the manufacturing and oil and gas sector. It will no longer be business as usual.” the minister said: