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In a significant effort to enhance safety practices across various sectors in Nigeria, the Committee on Safety Standards and Regulations recently held a crucial meeting with the Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHAssociation UK) Nigeria Region. The aim of the meeting was to strategise and improve safety best practices within the Agency and Country at large.

The House Committee on Safety and Regulations (HCSSR), is a standing committee that supports the House of Representatives in fulfilling its responsibilities regarding safety standards, regulations, compliance, and effectiveness in both the public and private sectors.

The primary objective of the Committee is to prioritise safety in every decision-making and action, ensuring the protection of life and property. To achieve this, the committee makes laws and oversees the activities of ministries, departments, agencies, and licensed non-governmental organisations operating Safety in the country. Their ultimate goal is to eliminate accidental injuries, deaths, and diseases.

In attendance were Hon. Dr. Sulaiman Abubakar Gumi, FNSE, Chairman of the committee, Honorable members of the committee, HRH. Dr. Amb. Olusegun Aderemi, the Regional President of OSHAssociation UK Nigeria Region, Dr. Aliyu Mohammed Ibrahim, FOSHA, Country Regional Administrator of OSHAssociation Nigeria Region, joined by esteemed Fellows of the Association, Commodore James Aliyu Pindar, RTD FOSHA, and Mr.Stephen A. O Paul, FOSHA, along with other staff members. Their presence demonstrated a collective commitment to advancing safety practices.

During the interactive session, representatives were engaged in productive discussions on various aspects related to trainings on safety standards, implementation and enforcement. The main focus was to identify gaps, create synergies between stakeholders, and implement measures that would enhance safety best practices across the Nation.

The Committee on Safety Standards and Regulations stressed the importance of collaboration and cooperation among stakeholders to achieve the common goal of a conducive working environment and a healthy life after retirement They recognised OSHAssociation’s global reputation and commended their efforts in promoting safety best practices worldwide.

The committee also emphasised the significance of strict adherence to safety standards, particularly in high-risk sectors such as manufacturing, construction, transportation, and healthcare.

To accomplish their objectives, the committee and OSHAssociation devised a comprehensive action plan. This plan includes conducting regular audits and inspections, raising awareness through training programme, providing guidance to organisations regarding safety compliance, and implementing strict enforcement mechanisms.

The collaboration between the Committee on Safety Standards and Regulation and OSHAssociation is expected to have a far-reaching impact on Nigeria’s safety landscape. By combining resources and expertise, the committee aims to establish a robust safety framework that will protect workers, reduce accidents, and foster a culture of safety throughout the country.

OSHAssociation expressed their commitment to collaborate and share knowledge to ensure the successful implementation of safety standards and regulations. They also encouraged stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to actively participate and support this initiative, as collective efforts are crucial in creating a safer working environment for all Nigerians.

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