By Temitope Akintoye,
The Lagos State Government has advised business owners and company managers to embrace safe practices in all workplaces with aim to curtail coronavirus spread among workers, and to implement occupational safety and health management systems in establishments.
It said that the recent coronavirus infection crisis had necessitated the need for an increase in the promotion of safety ethics standards for workplaces, aimed at implementation during and after the disease breakout.
The Director-General, Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola, lamented that various institutions and governments across the world were being faced with challenges of combating the viral pandemic and that it was thus imperative for the Lagos state government to embark on a continuous campaign for COVID-19 prevention in workplaces.
Mojola, while speaking in commemoration of the World Day for Safety and Health, stated that the deadly coronavirus pandemic had posed public health threats and given rise to fatalities in various nations across the globe, and advised workplace managers to embrace government suggestions in order to aid the fight against the disease.
He said that the Y2020 World Day for Safety and Health, which was tagged “Stop the Pandemic, Safety and Health can Save Lives”, focussed on embracing safe practice in all workplaces through the development of practical action for worker protection, adequate mental health attention, and the implementation of sound occupational safety and health management systems, among others.
The commission’s boss added that emphasis was also laid on promoting workplace coronavirus standards, post-pandemic ethics codes, occupational health safety measures, management systems, and policy implementation at the national, state, and enterprise levels.
Mojola assured Lagosians of government’s commitment to ensuring the safety of lives and property within its borders, saying that the drive for increased workplace health implementation was with aim to secure workers in the state.
The Commissioner of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Engr. Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, who also spoke at the event, reassured people of the Sanwo-Olu led government’s mandate of creating a safe and secure environment for Lagosians, and building Lagos to achieve Model Mega-City status.
According to Bamgbose-Martins, the governor had displayed strong leadership amid the coronavirus threat and implemented several decisive measures in order to flatten the COVID-19 disease curve.
He said that the preventive measures had included the shutting down of public and private workplaces, provision of palliative for vulnerable members of the society, as well as the encouragement of medically advised prevention methods such as social distancing, self-isolation, regular handwashing and respiratory hygiene among others.
Bamgbose-Martins urged Lagosians to support the governor’s coronavirus control efforts, saying that success could only be attained through peoples’ cooperation and compliance with government directives.