Barely a week after winning in the School Safety category of the Nigeria Safety Award for Excellence (9jaSAFE), Dansol High School, Agidingbi, Lagos, has achieved a level-two (on a three-star ranking) safety compliance standard award of the Lagos State Safety Commission and a level three (of a five-tier ranking) of SafeZoneTM certification.
Speaking at the presentation of the safety compliance certificates to the school, Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Hon. Hakeem Dickson said the safety compliance standard award was a derivative of the commission’s School Safety audit project initiated to ensure safety of every child in the state.
He said, “One major component of the project involves an assessment of the systems that educational institutions have in place to ensure that risks to the safety and health of pupils, staff and parents are as minimal as possible.
“The assessment process provides a day of practical advice and guidance from the safety audit team.
“Although some schools regularly do self-assessment and undertake regular safety inspections, but an annual audit ensures that the schools’ health and safety practices are as robust as possible and also an essential requirement for safety certification by the Lagos State Safety Commission.”
Also speaking, Dr. Nnenna Mba-Oduwusi, the Principal Consultant, InSIGHt Health Consulting Limited, said the firm is an accredited safety agent of the commission’s School Safety audit project which audited Dansol High School.
“It is a collaboration with the Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). InSiGHt implements SafeZone, an accreditation system that provides a vehicle for assessing the level of compliance of health and safety standards in schools. It has exclusive right with ROSPA for school safety audits in Nigeria,” she further explained.
Mba-Oduwusi added, “Dansol is the first Nigerian School to attain the SafeZoneTM certification, which assesses over 400 safety criteria, and we are pleased to recognise its achievements as a level three school. We encourage other schools to follow the same path.”
The Proprietress of Dansol High School, Mrs Adun Akinyemiju, who expressed gratitude to the Lagos State Safety Commission and InSIGHt for the recognition, said the school was able to achieve the feat because of its commitment to health and safety of everyone within the school.
She disclosed that every student in the school was taught hazard identification, which greatly contributed to preventing unwanted incidents within the school.
Akinyemiju said, “An object looking like a nail can be quite unsafe, so we, as a management, train our pupils to be responsible and look out for such items, pick them and dispose promptly.
“We are happy that the effort has paid off. And as a Christian school we are happy that we are inculcating in our pupils that invaluable values are being built in them, that will see them though life.
“The award is quite gladdening and has spurred us into doing more. It is gratifying that among the schools in Lagos State that have been audited by InSiGHt for Lagos State Safety Commission to date, Dansol High School is the first of three schools to merit a level-two (on a 3-star ranking) safety compliance standard of the Lagos State Safety Commission and a level 3 (of a 5-tier ranking) of SafeZone.”