The Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission (LSC), Hon. Hakeem Dickson has reiterated the importance of taking a leadership role in health and safety, saying it would help prevent accidents that result in injuries and fatalities in the workplace and general environment in the country.
The LSC boss stated this at the monthly IOSH Informal Group meeting which held at the MAN Centre, Ikeja on October 14.
Speaking on the theme “Vision Zero and Lesson from 2017 World Safety Congress, Singapore”, Dickson stated that the present administration in the state has taken a leadership role in the country to ensure that “vision zero” becomes more than the numerical target of zero accidents but that which creates an accident prevention mindset in the populace.
He said, “For Lagos State, “Vision Zero” is not about the numerical target of zero accidents, but rather a mindset that every workplace injuries, accidents and ill-health are preventable.
“It calls for a mindset shift, from focusing on individual faultfinding to one that is centred on solutions to prevent work injuries and ill-health in the workplace.
Furthermore, Dickson harped on the need for more proactiveness in handling health and safety related issues, noting that companies could drastically reduce their insurance premium with more proactiveness.
He stated, “In safety there is always a proactivness; if we are being proactive on this, the amount of money being paid on insurance will go lower.
“If we get to that Vision Zero also, companies might begin to pay little amount on insurance.”
The safety commission boss also disclosed that he would be organising a Business Leadership Campaign and Lunch session with CEOs and MDs of companies in order to re-emphasise the need for leadership commitment to health and safety and promote collaboration between the commission and business leaders within the state.
He further revealed that the Lagos State Governor, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode would be invited to speak with the business leaders on health and safety expectations of the state.
Speaking further on “Vision Zero”, National Coordinator, Safety Advocacy and Empowerment Foundation, Mr Shamusideen Kadiri, said it was a campaign to reduce fatality in the workplace hinged on seven golden rules developed by the International Social Security Asssociation (ISSA) in conjunction with the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
The seven objectives include: take leadership commitment, identify hazards and risks, set safety and health targets, ensure a safe and healthy system, use safe and healthy technology, improve qualifications, and invest in people.
He said, “It was launched by the International Labour Organisation in Singapore and we are bringing the message here in Nigeria (to) at least reduce the mortality at our workplaces to zero, that is, everybody must come to work and go back home.
“We intend achieving this by awareness and advocacy which you can see us doing now, and to really bring Nigeria on the platform of international exposure.
“ILO is in support us with a lot of informational material which will be distributed freely for us to achieve Vision Zero.”
Meanwhile, Dickson and the Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Manager, MTN Nigeria, Mr Fyneray Mbata were awarded as guest speakers at the October Networking and CPD session of the IOSH Nigeria Informal Network Group.