The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), Nigeria chapter has advocated for the introduction of safety management into the curriculum of the nation’s primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions.
President of the chapter, Mr Nsikak Ekam stated on Monday that this would help to increase safety awareness, which he said was critical to preventing accidents in every facet.
Ekam, who stated this at the handing over/award/fundraising ceremony of the society, said that inculcating knowledge of safety into children from a young age would also help them respond better in case of an accident.
According to him, frequent fatalities recorded during petrol tanker fire and pipeline explosion accidents could be traced to lack of safety awareness.
He said, “Non-compliance with safety protocols in public and private companies signals danger, which results in material and human losses.
“Our people must learn to use foot bridges, and obey various traffic laws; stop erecting buildings and other structures along water channels.
“Exposure to combustible fuels is highly dangerous.’’
Ekam described as “alarming” the rate Nigerians lose their lives in preventable accidents in the last five years.
“However, I must reiterate that the Nigerian Chapter of ASSP will continue to generate inputs for safer and healthier living in Nigeria.
“The goal is to reduce injuries, illness and fatalities both on and off the job as productivity and profitability go hand in hand with Health and Safety.
“The body, which was founded in 1911 is the oldest and most senior-level safety organisation in the world.
“The body has 34,000 members, 151 chapters, 56 sections and 75 student sections in 64 countries across the globe.”