Nwachukwu John Chigozie

How will you define the safety profession?

Safety profession is a profession that involves development, implementation, and enforcement of strategies, and processes that prevent or mitigate workplace injuries, illnesses, damage to assets and loss of lives. Safety professionals provide advice, support, and analysis to help employers establish risk controls and management processes that promote sustainable business. They also use their knowledge and skills to promote a positive culture and best practices in health, safety, and environment within organisations.

At what Age did you become a safety professional?

25 years

What did you set out to become before becoming a safety professional?

I developed an interest in HSE during my undergraduate years.

Tell us about your background

I am a graduate of Environmental Engineering Technology from the Federal University of Technology Owerri. I graduated with a second class upper division degree. I am rounding off a Master’s in Environmental Management program at the University of Lagos.

Presently, I work as a Safety Officer in a reputable transport and logistics company in Nigeria. I have experience cutting across mining and construction and oil and gas sectors. I’ve represented my current organisation in different companies. I also have experience in Environmental management having worked in one of the major waste management organisations in the country.

My HSE certifications include ISPON GHSE, ISPON HSE Level 3, OSHA Academy Occupational Safety and Health Supervisor and NEBOSH IGC.

Home town

I am from Eziudo town in Imo state

Family

I am not yet married. I am from a family of 9 with 6 siblings

How do you tackle challenges on the job?

Whenever I encounter any challenge, I always try to look out for the positives and try as much as I can to not let the challenge weigh me down. Then try solving it bit by bit. If I am unable to solve it myself, I seek help.

What do you like about your job?

The fact that I get to tell people things they could do to save their own lives and the lives of people around them.

What don’t you like about the job?

I don’t like the fact that some safety professionals are always looking for scapegoats to show they are working. I don’t believe in playing to the gallery.

What is the growth opportunity in your job?

Safety profession has a lot of prospects cutting across several industries.

Strength

Emotional intelligence

Weakness

Introverted

Management style

One-on-one engagement, correction, and training before sanction

Pivotal moment

I had my stint of HSE in 2007/2008 during my industrial training at Chevron Nigeria Limited. We had a behavioral-based training program ongoing at that time. The training was called I-CARE. It opened my eyes to the world of safety.

Relaxation / hangout

I am not the outgoing type. I go out only once in a while.

Reading

My reading cuts across, news, science, social media posts, and a lot of good reads.

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