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Safety: NSITF conducts 5,592 workplace inspections in one year

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By Joan Nwagwu

The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) has said that it conducted 5,592 occupational safety and health activities at various workplaces across the nation in the last one year.

Mrs Maureen Allagoa, Managing Director of NSITF said this on Monday in Abuja during a tree planting ceremony to mark the 2024 World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the theme of the 2024 edition is “Impacts of Climate Change on Occupational Safety and Health”.

According to her, the exercise was conducted between May 2023 to April 2024 adding that the SITF was committed to the improvement of safety and health in the world of work.

“We have conducted a total of 3234 occupational health and safety audits, a total of 1614 awareness and enlightenment campaigns.

“We also conducted 744 follow-up on cases in various workplaces across the federation, using our 12 regional and 57 branch offices and we are geared to do more,” she said

Allagoa said the Fund was committed to creating safe, healthy, and sustainable workplaces for all Nigerian workers.

She noted that the prevention of workplace accidents through robust Occupational Safety and Health(OSH) programmes was the first step in the dynamic processes of the employees’ compensation.

The NSITF boss said the Fund would intensify efforts to double the figure in the following year.

On the theme, Allagoa said, while focus had been on the environmental and humanitarian impacts, it was crucial to recognise that climate change also posed significant challenges to occupational safety and health.

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“Climate change affects workplaces in various ways, including excessive heat, increased exposure to extreme weather events, ultraviolet radiation, vector-borne diseases, agrochemicals, and air pollution.

“These environmental shifts jeopardise the physical well-being of workers and impact their mental health and overall productivity,’ among others,” she said.

Allagoa said the NSITF as the custodian of workplace safety and health, had adopted proactive measures to tackle the challenges head-on.(NAN)

Edited by Rotimi Ijikanmi

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