As part of effort to promote safety and health in the workplace across nations, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), has unveiled the Nigeria edition of her advocacy project, “No Time to Lose”
This was contain in a statement issued by the IOSH Head of global Engagement and partnership Stevens Allan, saying that the unveiling of the no time to lose campaign was part of activity scheduled at the institution’s West Africa conference which took place last Wednesday at the Lagos Oriental Hotel.
According to the statement, the vice president of IOSH Mr Kayode Fowode during the flag off ceremony explained the objective of the campaign.
He said, “The campaign is a wake up call for us all as health and safety professionals and other stakeholders in the world of work to be proactive in working together to fight occupational Cancer.
“Research shows that Thousands of men and women risk getting lung, skin, or bladder Cancer because of their jobs and many will die early as a result.
He said the global safety body is proud to be working in collaboration with the Lagos State Safety Commission to make this campaign a success.
The IOSH Head of Global Engagement and Partnership, Alan Stevens, on the “No time to lose campaign” said that the body is doing everything within its powers to promote this campaign. He said IOSH has been able to reach millions of working people globally through practical guidance and tools to help organizations manage the risks of exposure to workplace carcarcinogens.
In his statement, “Our organization and the Lagos State Safety Commission are campaigning to stop thousands of untimely deaths due to work- related cancer. Most employers and workers are not aware of the impact of cancer-causing exposures. And many don’t know what to do to reduce the risk.
“The “No Time to Lose” campaign is working to get the causes of occupational cancer more widely understood and help businesses take action.”
The Director General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, Mr. Lanre Mojola also had a say on the campaign, saying that it is well- thought out initiative to reduce workplace ill-health which many are not aware of.
He said, “The commission as part of being proactive has partnered with IOSH Global and its national body to increase advocacy in this regard.
“Mojola said the agency already has an action plan to be carried out under the 4Es program of the agency which are Evaluation of risk, Education, Engagement and Enforcement.
“Lagos State Government and our agency in particular is proud to be associated with IOSH in this drive to ensure standards in the HSE profession as well as advocacy such as this.”
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