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Saturday, September 21, 2019

What I learnt from combating fire for 44 years – Opia

Benjamin Opia
Mr. Benjamin Opia is the Chairman of the NPA HSE Committee ensuring safety in the Ibru Yard tank farms. Currently a fireman with Ibafon Oil Limited, he is a veteran fireman of 44 years of professional standing. He sat with Safety Record’s Paul Mbagwu and John Ogunsemore to reminisce about his professional life over the years. Excerpt… Can you introduce...

Tools, facilities and day-to-day operations of fire department operation in a tank farm environment

oil tank farm
By Benjamin Opia Design: The most important thing in a tank farm is first of all the design. The tanks have to be designed to a specific standard and that specific standard must meet the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) regulations, downstream and upstream. Booster pump: After the design of the farm, you must have a booster pump that has the...

It’s unfortunate that OSH bill has not been passed – Chief Okunamiri

Chief Innocent Okunamiri
Chief Innocent Friday Okunamiri is a former President and current Governing Board member of Institute of Safety Professionals (ISPON). In this interview, he addresses some of the challenges facing the HSE industry in Nigeria, especially the non-passage of the Occupational Safety and Health bill by the National Assembly. Excerpt… Can you tell us about yourself? My name is Friday Okunamiri. I...

“Right equipment, welfare of personnel necessary for improved fire service performance” – Afoke, ex-Lagos Fire Service boss

Mr Olatunji Afoke is a former Director of the Lagos State Fire Service. He is highly respected among fire stakeholders for introducing far-reaching reforms that helped to reposition the service for better performance. In this interview with Safety Record’s John Ogunsemore, he explains the challenges facing fire services in Nigeria and how he helped to bridge the gap of...

Killer Pools, Beaches: How Many More Shall Be Lost To The Waters?

drown in a river
Apart from its importance for drinking and performing other domestic chores, water has recreational value to people. For many people, no relaxation and fun experience is complete without a visit to swimming pools, water parks, rivers, or beaches. The problem however is that on many occasions, such has turned from enjoyment to regret as witnessed in many tragic stories...

‘Why Nigeria must urgently ban asbestos like other countries’

Mr Julius Akpong is a seasoned safety professional and HSE Manager at Cummins Energy Solutions Nigeria Ltd. In this short interview with Safety Record’s John Ogunsemore, he explains why the Nigerian government must emulate many other countries in urgently banning the use of asbestos. Excerpt. What’s asbestos? Asbestos is a fibrous material. Because of its high ability to withstand heat, it...

Quick Facts About Employee Compensation In Nigeria

Dr. Titi Hameed
Titilola Hameed (PhD) is a Law Lecturer at Nigerian Law School and a Non-Executive Director at OSH Law and Resources Ltd. What is employee compensation and what categories of workers are compensated? Employee compensation refers to the settlement given to employees that are victims of accidents, diseases or deaths which mostly arise out of or in the course of employment. In...

ISPON: Those expelled feel that court judgement is rubbish – Okunamiri

Chief Innocent Okunamiri
Chief Innocent Okunamiri is a former President of the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON). Okunamiri, who served as the institute’s first Registrar, was also its second secretary, a position he held for nine years. He is currently a member of the institute's governing board. In this interview with Safety Record’s Paul Mbagwu, he explained the genesis of...

“I encourage safety professionals, organisations and bodies in Nigeria not to sell safety” – Nonso Nwaogu, WSO Lagos Head of Operations & Head Trainer

Nonso Nwaogu
Mr. Sean Nonso Nwaogu is the Lagos Head of Operations and Head Trainer, World Safety Organisation, Nigeria Office. In this interview with Safety Record’s Paul Mbagwu, he identifies and proffers solutions to some of the challenges facing the safety profession in Nigeria. Excerpt… Tell us about yourself? I am Sean Nonso Nwaogu, the Head of Operations and Head Trainer, World...

Meet the Professional: Solomon Ekong Okon

My name is Solomon Ekong Okon, a genteel Quality, Health Safety, and Environmental management professional with over 8 years’ experience across manufacturing, oil & gas and construction sectors. How will you define the safety profession? The safety profession is a branch of a career that cut across all profession, a safety professional should be vast in both science and art...
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