The World Safety Organisation (WSO), National Office for Nigeria has explained its decision to hold its 2017 World Day for Safety and Health at Work event in six locations across the country as against three locations in 2016.
The President of WSO Nigeria Office, Mr Soji Olalokun disclosed in a Thursday, March 16 chat with Safety Record Newspaper that the decision to expand was based on the need to “improve knowledge and reach all Nigerians.”
The body annually joins thousands of other safety bodies and professionals across the world to celebrate the event earmarked by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) for every April 28 to promote “the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally”.
While WSO Nigeria held the 2016 event in Benin, Lagos and Abuja, the 2017 edition themed “Improving Workplace Safety And Emergency Response By Optimizing The Collection And Use Of OSH Data” will hold in Benin, Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Warri and Ilorin.
“Expanding simply means extending our reach and collaboration. We want to create a mutual synergy with those involved in the practice of HSE through active communication and experience sharing,” Olalokun added.
According to him, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work helps “to support the Nigerian people on the promotion of safe working conditions for all, (ensure) continuous positive impact on safety practice in Nigeria and to show Nigeria and Nigerians that we are in need of developing collaborative and indigenous-based systems for safety and health, and further improving our capacity to respond to OSH issues.”
He said that the body was yet to conclude on the choice of specific speakers at the various locations but “Keynote addresses will however be delivered by our program partners.”
The WSO Nigeria President said participants should expect to learn how indispensable collection of accurate data is to various Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) efforts.
Olalokun said participants will learn, “That the promotion of safe and secure working environments particularly through effective planning, regulations and adequate data collection are invaluable.
“The availability of OSH data are indispensable for hazard recognition, identifying emerging risks, development of adequate regulations or preventive measures, and measuring progress.”