NSITF tasks employers on implementation of safety policies at workplace
The Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Island Branch, has charged employers of labour to ensure implementation of safety policies for their workforce.
The charge was made during the commemoration of the 2022 World Day for Safety and Health at Work with the theme: “Let’s Act Together to Build a Positive Safety and Health Culture.”
The Head of Health Safety and Environment, NSITF, Lagos Island branch, Oluferan Sunday, said the agency was leveraging on the day to sensitise people on imbibing safety as a culture at workplace.
He said it is mandated for every employer of labour to insure his or her staff under the Employee Compensation Act 2010, adding that the NSITF is saddled with this responsibility.
Sunday said because the Act is a statutory law, any employer that fails to insure his/her staff falls short of the law and would face the punishment.
“Every employer of labour has a duty to ensure that every employee that goes to work safely must return safely and even if there is a shortfall on their policies, the NSITF is there to also help to ensure all these things are put in place.
“The law is there to catch up on employers who do not follow all the processes of ensuring the workers safety. The Lagos State Safety Commission and Ministry of Labour also enforces and penalises employers who fails to register their employees with the NSITF. The employers will be fined, their management jailed or whatever penalties the Act stipulate for such activities,” he said.
Sunday said to ensure employers comply to the safety act, the health and safety environment department of the NSITF visits companies to carry out safety audits using the ISO 45001 as a standard.
He said the team audits the offices of every employer of labour, their environment and every unsafe act that they notice and do a report in which recommendation of their observations are given to the employers.
According to him, any employer that fails to implement the recommendation will be penalised by the Lagos State Safety Commission and the NSITF.
He, however, urged employees to report unsafe working conditions of their workplace as well as follow the “Stop Work Policy.
“The employees can send us mail or get in touch with any of our branches anonymously and then we will take it up to ensure all these things are implemented and put in place and failure to do that means the company would be fined and penalised,” he stated.