NSITF restates commitment to workers’ welfare
• Harps on compensation scheme
The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) has restated commitment to the welfare of Nigerian workers, provided they have keyed into the Employees’ Compensation Scheme (ECS).
Branch Manager, Mainland Branch, NSITF, Opeyemi Adekoya, said this when the Fund joined the rest of the world to celebrate the Safety and Health Day to create awareness for stakeholders and the general public on the importance safety and health at work.
She said the Fund canvasses for all employers of labour to key into the scheme, which operates an open and fair system of guaranteed and adequate compensation for any injury, occupational disease or disability arising from or in the course of employment.
Speaking on this year’s global theme: ‘Anticipate, Prepare and Respond to Crisis: Invest now in Resilient OSH Systems’, Adekoya, said the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasised the need for organisations to anticipate crises as they occur without warning.
She said the Fund embarked on road walk for the purpose of advocacy and awareness to sensitise the public to bring out the various challenges faced by the federal government, employers, employees and the society at large, on efforts made to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
She defined the Occupational, Safety and Health (OSH) systems as standards, measures and procedures set up by organisations to protect workers from hazards, unforeseen threats and risks.
The crises, she said, include, implementation of OSH policies, communication of basic OSH responsibilities to employers and employees.
While she urged organisations to adequately prepare for crises by setting up effective preparation strategies, she maintained that the OSH systems should encompass all working processes and procedures within the organisation.
She urged that mechanisms, such as sound inspection system should also be put in place to ensure compliance by members of the organisation.
According to her, organisations that are committed to the health and safety of their workers are also promoting the survival and growth of their businesses.
“Organisations should allocate more resources to purchase the necessary safety gear, train workers to cope with the new risks and provide the relevant safety information workers need to stay safe. His will prevent the spread of the virus and other diseases in the workplace and also secure the health and safety of workers,” she said.
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