Institute tasks firms on safety management

Agip oilThe Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria has expressed worry over indigenous firms’ nonchalant attitude to safety management, urging them to take necessary measures towards improving safety culture in workplaces.

Addressing participants at the 8th Safety Managers Forum and membership induction held in Lagos at the weekend, the National President of the institute, Nnamdi Ilodiuba explained that multinational firms operating in Nigeria have significantly improved in the areas of safety management in their work places by exposing their staff and contractors to various training and workshop.

He, however, lamented that many indigenous companies have not imbibed safety culture in their workplaces, noting, “ they are interested in reactive measures instead of being proactive.

“We are doing safety training for Shell staff and contractors, we are doing same for Agip and Chevron. Our problem is the indigenous companies. Most of them have not keyed into the safety culture.

“They are more interested in statistics, they are not proactive but reative. We are interested in preventing these incidents so that they do not happen at all, we nip on the bud.

Assessing further the level of safety management in Nigeria, the president lauded the government for passing into law in the National Assembly, the act which established the institute, noting that the action has enabled the institute to become more credible in their operations.

He added that some government agencies have also imbibed the culture of safety in private organisations, especially in the oil and gas sector .

“They have improved much on this aspect but not all the firms. Everybody should fight on time to prevent incidence from occurring.

“If you spend millions of money to establish an organisation, one fire outbreak can wipe out the whole investment and everything will go down the drain due to carelessness,” he said”.

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