The Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON), Oyo State Branch, has organised its inaugural Safety Managers Forum which brought together safety managers to brainstorm on Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) practices in the state in relation to international best practices.
The forum held at Bar Recreation Centre, Ibadan on October 19 also included a safety facility tour of British-American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN).
Factional President of ISPON, Dr. Nnamdi Ilodiuba, commended the branch for organising the forum themed, “Occupational Health and Safety: A Necessary Tool For Maximum Efficiency and Productivity In The Workplace”.
Ilodiuba, who traced the development of health and safety practice in Nigeria to the era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, said the forum would help to broaden stakeholders’ horizon on safety and environmental matters.
He said, “The Safety Managers Forum is a tripartite forum where the regulatory agencies, the operators and the stakeholders come together to discuss on some pertinent issues.
“It is against this background that we all gather here together today to discuss on the theme.”
In her address, the Chairperson, ISPON Oyo, Mrs. Ibikunle Ajayi, said that the Safety Managers Forum was necessitated by the need to maximise efficiency and productivity at the various workplaces.
Furthermore, Ajayi noted that the five aims of the first session of the joint committee of the World Health Organisation and International Labour Organisation in 1950 were important to the organisers of the forum.
She said, “Nevertheless, this is necessary and expedient for any organisation to succeed in achieving the goal stated in its HSE policy.”
“Thus, we will identify and proffer solutions while bridging the gap between where we are presently and where we ought to be,” the chairperson added.
Speaking on the organisers’ choice of British-American Tobacco Nigeria for the safety tour, Ajayi said that the company has one of the “near-perfect safety systems in Nigeria”.