PROMOTION OF HEALTH AND SAFETY OF WORKERS CATALYST TO PRODUCTIVITY-Sule
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology, Mr. James Sule has said that promoting Safety and Health in the workplace is not an option but a necessity that will spur productivity, improve employee engagement, and promote overall well-being of the citizenry.
According to James Sule, Safety and Health should be a priority for every organization regardless of its size emphasizing that maintaining a healthy workforce invariably translates to increased productivity.
The Permanent Secretary said this today during a one-day sensitization workshop organized by the Ministry in partnership with OSH Association UK (Occupational Safety & Health Training) with the theme: “Promoting Safety and Health for Improved Productivity in the Workplace” in Abuja.
He further stated that the World Health Organisation and International Labour Organisation (WHO/ILO) estimated that 2.78 million people die annually of workplace-related accidents or diseases, while an additional estimated 374 million suffer from non-fatal occupational accidents globally, yearly.
To this end, he reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to the safety and health of Nigerian workers which is demonstrated by the approval of the National Occupational Safety Health Policy.
Earlier, Mr. Stephen O. Paul, a Safety and Health Consultant, said Ergonomics is the study of that which fits a machine or process to its operator.
He also added that Ergonomics is the Science of fitting workplace conditions and task demands to the capability of human operator.
Speaking, one of the resource persons, Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed Tauheed from Federal Fire Service (FFS) also said that Fires can be devastating, but with the right precautions they can be prevented, noting that one of the critical components of workplace safety is fire safety.
He then, stated that regular fire drills and having a well-defined emergency response plan are integral aspects of fire safety.
Atuora Obed O.
22nd December, 2023.