The American Society of Safety Engineers, Nigerian chapter, has called on companies, organisations and individuals to embrace strong and sustainable safety culture in work places. The association, which drew safety operators from Nigeria and the parent body globally, warned on safety-related matters and global best practices required to change the outlook of safety in the country.
Leading the talks in Lagos, General Manager, Upstream Nigeria Safety, Health and Environment, ExxonMobil, Mrs. Carol A. Antaih, called on all the participants to focus on building a strong and sustainable safety culture for business and economic progress. She stated that occupational health and safety was becoming a worldwide concern not only for workers and their families but also for governments, businesses and stakeholders. President of ASSE, Nigerian chapter, Mr. Herbert Nwaka, decried a situation where activities of safety professionals were being misunderstood by employers and employees in the labour environment.
He noted that safety professionals were now being regarded as ‘workplace policemen’ who perform hazard and compliance assessments to ensure safe workplace at the detriment of production. Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, praised the association for the leadership conference, saying it had presented a golden opportunity for participants to learn new things especially as safety concerns have been heightened. Represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties, Ambode added that new measures should be put in place to ensure that safety becomes the goal of government through education and enlightenment.
Consular General of the American Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. John Bray, expressed pleasure in what ASSE is doing especially as it is celebrating its 106 years this year. He commended the association for its commitment in bringing the government and private sector together for practical and academic discussion.
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