A health and safety promoter, Mr Dapo Omolade, has called for proper enforcement of laws regulating health and safety in workplace to boost health and wellbeing.
Omolade, who is also the Managing Director of Hybrid Group Ltd., made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos.
He said that enforcing the laws would reduce occupational injuries and sicknesses at workplace.
“Employers should always protect employees from risks arising from work activities.
“Addressing health and safety should not be seen as a regulatory burden.
“According to the International Labour Organisation, 2.3 million people die annually as a result of accidents in workplace.
“Millions of working days are lost due to work-related illnesses and injuries, and thousands of people die from occupational diseases,’’ he told NAN.
He said that employers had a duty to consult with their employees or their representatives on health and safety matters.
According to him, health and safety can be managed by safety oversight, investigation capabilities, organisation for safety, accident prevention advisor structure and hazard identification systems.
“Safety is the state of being safe, the condition of being protected from harm or other non-desirable outcomes.
“Safety can also refer to the control of hazards in order to achieve an acceptable level of risk.”
He advised laboratory scientists to always disinfect laboratory environments daily and after a spill.
“Eating, drinking, smoking, applying cosmetics and handling contact lenses should be prohibited in areas where specimens are handled.
“Anyone working or entering into the laboratory should have a minimum of personal protective equipment such as coat, footwear and gloves to prevent spread of communicable diseases.
“Every laboratory must have an emergency procedure for workers and other users,” Omolade advised. (NAN)