Expert advocates safety at workplace, employees’ well-being
They noted that with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic at the workplace, the health and safety should not be of employees should not be overlooked as it has increased the mental health disorders of most workers.
They urged that organisations must take the well-being of their employees seriously and ensure they are safe as they carry out their tasks.
Chief Executive Officer, Occupational Health and Safety Managers (OSHM), Ehi Iden, said this ahead of a two-day international vision zero conference, which intends to inculcate a strong prevention culture, whereby work-related accidents, harm, and occupational diseases are eliminated and prevented through a transformational approach that integrates safety, health, and well-being at all levels of work.
Slated to hold in Lagos on November 23 to 25, Iden said the maiden conference in Africa with ‘From Safety and Health Problems to Practical Solutions in Construction and Related Industries’ as theme, was important in addressing challenges, considering the number of workers and categories of people employed in the construction sector and related sectors.
According to him, accidents at work and occupational diseases are neither predetermined nor unavoidable, they always have been caused.
He said while there was no way to completely eliminate accidents, however, there were certain plans, preparations, and actions that could be taken to reduce them.
Noting that the partnership is between the German community, through the International Social Security Association (ISSA), OSH Africa, and other organisations, he said: “This is to bring people from the international community to look at what Africa cannot do differently. Vision zero is dedicated to health safety and well-being. The safety industry in Nigeria, health, safety, and environment thrives but wellbeing is always silent. And with the pandemic, where mental wellbeing became an important issue, you’ll find out that wellbeing has to be an integral part of workplace ethics.
“Vision zero is a target and we will keep working on plans to achieve and reduce the rate of accidents and ill-health within the workplace.
The primary benefit of implementing safety measures within the workplace is that those who come to the workplace should be allowed to their families unhurt or mutilated. Absence of health and safety at workplaces has left homes broken. This is advocacy we are working on and the reason we are doing this conference.”
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