Top Safety Events of 2017


John Ogunsemore

In the past year, many safety and health-related events took place which helped to advance the course of the profession in the country. These ranged from Professional Development Conferences (PDCs), symposiums, summits and fairs.

Safety Record Newspaper brings you a list of top five safety events in 2017. The list brings together, in no particular order, safety and health events that have defined the course of the year either in terms of magnitude, impact or relevance.

  1. World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2017, Abuja
World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2017, Abuja

The event was jointly organised by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment and the International Labour Organisation, Nigeria Office in Abuja on April 28 to commemorate the World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

At the event the Labour Minister, Dr Chris Ngige, unveiled far-reaching policies to guide workplace safety in the country. The minister unveiled the first national OSH profile which is now available on the ILO’s website. Three other regulations were also noted for unveiling.

He equally unveiled a “whistle-blower” policy to enhance reporting of accidents and incidents in the workplace, urging everyone to make sure of the provided platforms report accidents and incidents.

  1. Nigeria Safety Award for Excellence Hall of Fame (9jaSAFE) 2017
Nigeria Safety Award for Excellence Hall of Fame (9jaSAFE) 2017

The third edition of Nigeria’s most-prestigious safety award held on September 15, 2017, at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos.

According to the organisers, Safety Record Newspaper, the award was conceived to recognise outstanding contributions to the field of occupational health, safety and environment by individuals, companies and professional associations, thereby raising safety awareness and consciousness within the general socio-economic landscape in Nigeria.

The 2017 event brought together hundreds of participants including captains of industry, regulators, representatives of companies and safety professionals to celebrate the very best in the profession. Nomination was received from 22 states across the nation with over 250 attendees at the Award Night. Popular comedian and trained safety professional, Seyi Law anchored the 2017 event, like the first two editions before it.

  1. Society for Occupational and Environmental Health Physicians of Nigeria (SOEHPON) Annual Conference 2017
L-R: National Secretary, The Society of Occupational and Environmental Health Physcians of Nigeria (SOEHPON), Dr. Uche Enumah; National Vice President, Dr. Effiem Abbah; National President, Dr. Okon Akiba; Assistant Natioal Secretary, Dr. (Mrs) Chinonye Nwankwo; and Chairman, SOEHP0N Local Organising Committee, Dr. Chijioke Onwuchekwa, during the Society’s Annual Conference and AGM, themed as ‘Occupational Health for All’ in Lagos… yesterday

SOEHPON’s Conference/Annual General Meeting 2017 which held at The Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, from November 7-11 brought together dozens of the group’s members across the nation to brainstorm on issues germane to the development of occupational and environment health practice in Nigeria.

For the first time, the conference beamed its searchlight on occupational health in the military and aviation sectors, while also emphasising the central place occupational health for artisans occupies in the socio-economic development of the nation, in line with the conference’s theme: Occupational Health For All. About 20 papers were presented at the conference, besides keynote speech and panel discussions.

In a communique of the event made available to the media, SOEHPON observed that Health Impact Assessment component of Project EIA is never detailed and comprehensive enough to enable good prospective health planning for projects and programmes, hence the need for EIA to be renamed ESHIA to properly accommodate the HIA aspect in line with global trends and best practices. The group also lamented suboptimal information on occupational healthcare provision and awareness in Nigeria, especially in the paramilitary, military and informal sectors, among others.

  1. Lagos State Law Symposium on Occupational Safety and Health Regulation
Lagos State Law Symposium on Occupational Safety and Health Regulation

To acquaint stakeholders with a draft regulation on occupational safety and health proposed to be introduced in the state, the Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC) organised a symposium which held on December 17 in Ketu.

Themed “Achieving Workplace Safety in a Mega Smart City”, the symposium brought together scores of academics, employer associations, trade union groups, regulators, legal practitioners, security and emergency response agencies, media, and other stakeholders to seek vital input for refining the draft regulation. According to the state government, this is in recognition of the pivotal role to be played by proper safety and health administration to ensure realisation of the envisioned modern mega city status of Lagos. Addressing the stakeholders, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode said his administration was prioritising safety and health of workers in line with global standards for mega cities like Lagos.

A Health and Safety Policy Statement for the state and a Health and Safety Policy Statement for civil servants in the state signed by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the Head of Service, Mrs Folashade Adesoye, respectively in December 2017 were also introduced to stakeholders.

  1. American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Nigeria 2017 Summit
Engineers (ASSE) Nigeria 2017 Summit

ASSE Nigeria 2017 Safety Summit, which held between March 21 and 25, was the fourth series of the annual summit that brings together safety practitioners, regulators and exhibitors from different countries in Africa and other parts of the world to discuss ways to “chart a common course”. The event held at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos.

Dignitaries at the summit include, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties, Hon. Oluseye Oladejo; US Consular General, F. John Bray and ASSE Global President, Thomas Cecich.