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PLENARY SPEAKER
22.09.2020 | 11:00 AM- 12:00PM

Developing Local OSH Competencies Towards Safe Workplaces

- By Ehi Iden

Ehi Idehen is an Occupational Health and Safety Consultant of over 22 years practical experience. He spent his first 11 years in Clinical Environment. Ehi Idehen is a Doctoral Fellow working on Workplace Health and Wellness Promotion as his study area. He holds an international certificate in Health and Wellbeing from Arizona State University, USA. Another certificate is Society and Health from Harvard University, a Certificate in Patient Safety from John Hopkins University and a Certificate in Behavioural Medicine from Karolinska Institute, Sweden.

He works as a Chief Executive Officer at Occupational Health and Safety Managers and also the convener and  President, OSHAfrica. Ehi Idehen  is a Regional Ambassador to Patient Safety Movement Foundation and also a Workplace Mental Health Ambassador.

A member, Steering Committee, European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health (ENETOSH)

A member, Expert Working Group on Occupational Safety and Health  for Africa Union.

A short but engaging research has proven that many glorified obstacles have been the bane in safety campaigns and advocacy in Nigeria. This has seen many safety professionals in Nigeria acknowledge the absence of requisite infrastructure, lack of funds, poor public support structure, lack of enabling environment and generally poor attitude of the populace to occupational safety and health as leading reasons for inadequate advocacy in the country. In the pool of these excuses, workplace accidents are on the rise, wanton workplace cultures have continued to mutilate workers as no commensurate advocacy has provided proportionate confrontation to the myriad of ethical and cultural hazards that have taken fanciful turns to taint our golden existence with blood. This paper is a clarion call on the generality of safety professionals to create a deliberate disconnect between their self-imagined obstacles and become deliberate about the solution to issues of occupational safety and health practice in the country, as no one is truly alive until they have found something they are willing to die for.

Keywords: Safety campaign and advocacy, safety culture, safety professionals, workplace accidents.

Occupational Stress Management

- By Tayyeb Shah

SPEAKER
22.09.2020 | 12:10PM – 12:40PM

Tayyeb Shah – OSH Practitioner, Researcher and Trainer.

He is the Director World Safety Organization (WSO) National Office for Pakistan. A WSO Board of Directors member. A Freelance OSH Trainer. He is the HSE Director at Greenwich Training & Consulting.

Tayyeb is an excellent professional, having deep knowledge and command over HSE field. A highly motivated, focused and result-oriented professional with rich and diversified experiences as trainer & consultant. He is very a very hard working and result oriented HSE Professional who is very devoted. He has a keen knowledge in HSE terminologies and has a very social and friendly professional attitude. See more of him here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tayyeb-shah-osh-practitioner-researcher-and-trainer-17915620

A comprehensive occupational stress management strategy has been presented to demonstrate how the best practices in occupational stress management can be applied in the workplace. People at work suffer from many things; like, job
competition, terrorism, rationalization of the organization’s operations, risk of redundancy, new technology, outsourcing of jobs, increased demands by employers for higher production and to meet sales targets. According to HSE (Health and Safety
Executive), workplace stress is now the fastest growing cause of absence from work.

This study will enable managers to understand the meaning of stress, the causes of stress, human responses to stress and aspects of behaviour which are significant in this area. In particular, employers need to manage occupational stress by incorporating stress prevention strategies for their employees into their management systems.

Keywords: occupational stress management, management system, stress prevention, human behavior

Local Content Development in the health and Safety Sector in Nigeria

- By Amb. Chikaodili Juliet Hemeson

SPEAKER
22.09.2020 | 12:50PM – 1:20PM

Chikaodili Juliet Hemeson is the Managing Director of Henzof Nigeria Limited. She is a quality expert in occupational health and safety, and business and policy development with over 15 years’ experience working in the legal and occupational health and safety industry. She possesses dual masters’ degrees with several professional qualifications from recognized institutions around the world. Her wealth of experience include leadership, health and safety, strategy planning, business and policy development, risk management, sustainability, and regulatory compliance. She is a 3-year running SaFERR ambassador, with memberships among several international organisations including the World Safety Organisation.

The recent event of the coronavirus worldwide has led to both governments and the industrial sector to re-evaluate their management and strategic planning of health and safety for their people by developing and encouraging their local contents and resources. Nigeria is no exception. Thus, this has created an opportunity for the health and safety sector to take advantage of the present situation to increase its relevance and subsequently, economic capacity in Nigeria. Therefore, to access these opportunities, we must first review the factors that are required to develop our local contents in Health and safety, their impact, and how we can improve upon them for sector relevance and profitability.

SPEAKER
22.09.2020 | 2:30PM – 3:00PM

Safe Delivery of First Aid Training in a Pandemic

- By Amb. Akinfosile D.J.

Dare Joseph Akinfosile is an Emergency Response Specialist and an Occupational Safety and Health Practitioner with over 20 years of Emergency Response experience. He is a member of the Board of Directors, World Safety Organization, Nigeria and a Professional Fellow of the Emergency Crisis and Risk Management Institute (ECRMI).

In a recent survey, about 65% of the respondents, including Emergency Responders and Occupational Health and Safety Practitioners, feel that Public Awareness and First Aid training addressing the risk of the current pandemic can help reduce associated infection risks to both responders and victims in an emergency. 83% of the total respondents say they need First Aid training that addresses the risk of COVID-19.

The need for a continued Emergency Response in Nigeria in the current pandemic cannot be overemphasized as accidents have not stopped happening because of the pandemic, and the need for quality First Aid training has become more important at this time due to the burden of the pandemic on the Healthcare Sector and our Emergency Response Services.

This presentation aims at sharing the outcome of a recent survey and Classroom First Aid Training demonstration with consultants, training providers, emergency responders, and Health and Safety Practitioners at the conference.

Keywords: Pandemic, Risk, Infection, First Aid, Training, Emergency Response.

PLENARY SPEAKER
23.09.2020 | 9:00 AM – 10:00AM

Awakening a National Emergency Response and Disaster Management Preparedness Consciousness

- By Amb. Dr. Wilson Arikpo, MTM (SHIPPING), MBA, AMIMarEST, MISPON, FIMC, FCIS, FSCA, FGMS, PFECRMI, PhD

Amb. Dr. Wilson Arikpo is a Licensed Safety Professional; a Safety Ambassador; SafERR Ambassador, Marine Engineer; Certified Management Trainer; a Member of the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria; a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants; Fellow, Institute of Shipping; Fellow, West African Society for Communication and Administration; Fellow, Guild of Marine Surveyors; Professional Fellow, Emergency, Crisis & Risk Management Institute; an International Register of Certified Auditors (IRCA) certified Occupational Health & Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001) Lead Auditor; Insurance Claims Mgt. a Special Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC); a Trustee of the Guild of Marine Surveyors; a Consultant; an Entrepreneur; Motivational & Conference Speaker and above all an ordained Minister of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amb. Wilson Arikpo is the Chief Executive Officer of Seagate Global Services Limited and a recipient of several Excellence and Quality Service Awards.

An emergency is a sudden, unforeseen crisis or serious, dangerous occurrence that requires immediate action to put under control.

How we, as a people prepare for emergencies makes it easy or difficult when such happens. Just like accidents, nobody prepares to have or be involved in an accident, yet we study to known how to avoid them. So, it is also important to continuously look at the need for a National Emergency Response and Disaster Management Preparedness Consciousness in Nigeria so that the citizenry should know what to do in the event of any disaster. Emphasis should be on WHEN and HOW to take the required action because we are looking at preparedness consciousness. This paper is about awakening the consciousness of both the government and the populace in a country where there are law that are note seemingly implemented.

SPEAKER
23.09.2020 | 10:10AM – 10:40AM

Workplace Emergency Planning and Preparedness.

- By Amb. Adebiyi Adewale

Adebiyi Adewale, the MD/ CEO of Crownbondis Global Resources Limited  is a seasoned Health, Safety and Environmental Consultant with vast experience in the aforementioned field home and abroad. Involved in the formulation of policies for regulatory bodies, giving advices as a Consultant middle man between the regulators and operators in diverse industries, also an advocate of sustainable environment.

Workplace Emergency planning and Preparedness involves a coordinated, co-operative process of preparing to match urgent needs with available resources. The phases are research, writing, dissemination, testing, and updating. Hence, an emergency plan needs to be a living document that is periodically adapted to changing circumstances and that provides a guide to the protocols, procedures, and division of responsibilities in emergency response. Emergency planning is an exploratory process that provides generic procedures for managing unforeseen impacts and should use carefully constructed scenarios to anticipate the needs that will be generated by foreseeable hazards when they strike. Plans need to be developed for specific sectors, such as education, health, industry, and commerce. They also need to exist in a nested hierarchy that extends from the local emergency response (the most fundamental level), through the regional tiers of government, to the national and international levels.

SPEAKER
23.09.2020 | 11:10AM – 11:40AM

Food Safety - A Tool for Refueling HSE Practice in Africa

- By Amb. Udoka Victor

Udoka is a security and Safety enthusiast, seasoned military personnel and a certified health, safety, security, and environment expert. He is also a trained fire and safety instructor with the Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport, Ugbowo, Benin City. He holds a Degree in Accounting and another degree in Economics and a post-graduate in Criminology and Security Studies. He is an Affiliate Member of the WSO and has contributed to the training of over 1600 soldiers in fire fighting and safety. He is also a Principal Resource Person for HushPro Consulting Ltd., a (formidable security and safety company).

On a large scale, food is handled by many individuals, thereby increasing the chances of food contamination due to improper handling. Deliberate or accidental contamination of food during large scale production might endanger the health of consumers, and have very expensive repercussions on a country. Since food-related diseases can be serious, or even fatal, it is important to know and practice safe food-handling behaviors to help reduce the risk of getting sick from contaminated food.

SPEAKER
23.09.2020 | 11:50AM – 12:20PM

Emergencies, Preparedness and Management: Concepts and Nigerian Experiences

- By Isangadighi Gospel Effiong and Udeh Jessica Augustine

Gospel Isangadighi is a Graduating Diploma Student at the Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Studies Department, School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies, University of Uyo, Nigeria. He holds a Certificate in Conflict Resolutions from Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma Nigeria and Bachelor of Engineering Degree from University of Uyo, Uyo. He is a registered student member of the World Safety Organization (WSO)

Jessica Udeh is highly knowledgeable in occupational health and safety as well as risk assessment and management. She is a Graduating Diploma Student at the Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Studies Department, School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies, University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria.

Irrespective of its nature, emergencies always result in damages of physical, social, emotional and psychological structures causing undesired changes and panic among the caregivers and casualties in our societies. The nature of these panics are solely functions of the emergency preparedness and behaviour of the panic-participants towards emergency management. Drawing strengths from experiences, average Nigerians mistake complacency for competency while others may consider concepts of emergency preparedness as outdated due to little or no knowledge and awareness of emergency preparedness and management. In an attempt to solve these problems, this study employs a unique methodology (survey, literature review, interviews and direct observation) aiming at advancing awareness while also investigating the state of emergency preparedness in Nigeria. As a contribution to knowledge, this study clearly defines the concepts, principles and sustainability standards and also offers explicit evaluations of the known phases, legal and institutional frameworks for emergency preparedness and management.

SPEAKER
23.09.2020 | 12:20AM – 12:50PM

Low-Carbon Economy Transition: Solution to Combating Climate Change in Africa

- By Amb. Itohan Egbedion

Itohan is a multiple-award winning SHEQ professional and social innovator with over 11 years’ cognate experience handling business compliance and safety risk reduction for organizations across Africa in different sectors like Oil and Gas, Construction, Fintech, Renewable Energy, Project Management and Business Consulting.

She holds professional certifications and licenses in Sustainability, Quality Management, Environmental Management, Occupational Health, and Safety Management from renowned international institutions.

She is a fellow and board member of different professional institutes and associations with global focus and provide consultancy services to organizations within and outside Nigeria.

Climate Change is humanity’s greatest challenge and its devastating impacts like wildfires, erosions, typhoons, tornadoes, storms, and extreme heatwaves has led to loss of lives and properties worldwide.

As the continent most vulnerable to the climate impacts, Africa’s development is currently hindered by a series of climate related issues like the exacerbating fatal conflicts of armed nomadic herdsmen and indigent farmers over natural resources in sub-Saharan Africa or issues of acute food shortages arising from lost crops or damaged farmlands due to floodings and desertification while struggling to prevent escalation from global pandemic occurring from man’s interaction with zoonotic viruses.

Energy generation from fossil fuel to produce electrical energy, power industries, run transportation systems, and households remains the biggest contributor to climate change. A low-carbon economy i.e. an economy based on low-carbon power sources with minimal greenhouse gas emissions will reduce anthropogenic emissions by replacing carbon intensive processes, machinery or equipment with cleaner energy sources or/and renewable energy sources like Solar, Wind or Thermal.

This paper proposes a continental-wide transition in Africa to a low-carbon economy through policy changes, infrastructural upgrades/overhaul, strategic partnership, and increased research or/and development efforts.

Africa’s transition to low carbon economy will provide affordable and climate friendly energy to over 1 billion underserved Africans, accelerate economic growth from new job opportunities i.e. green jobs, increase the life expectancy of Africans by reducing air pollution, and greatly improve the security of lives and properties in the continent

PLENARY SPEAKER
24.09.2020 | 9:00 AM – 10:00AM

Safety Metrics: An Expose on Safety Performance Strategies for OSH Personnel

- By Amb. Engr. Jamiu Badmos

A versatile, analytical and passionate QHSSE Professional, Business Sustainability Executive and an International Vision Zero Trainer with over 19 years practical hands-on approach and strong coaching skills. Engr. Jamius Badmos is a certified IRCA Lead Auditor (01199630) in ISO 9001 and ISO 45001, making him one of the eleven (11) Internationally certified Management System Auditors (OH&S) in Nigeria

He has attended several Executive Courses in Prestigious Institutions including Harvard (Driving Business Performance), Lagos Business School (Strategy and Business Process), Mississippi State University, US (Business Leadership), Eicorn Academy (Innovation Management System) and Gaia Education (SDG Africa Program).

A short but engaging research has proven that many glorified obstacles have been the bane in safety campaigns and advocacy in Nigeria. This has seen many safety professionals in Nigeria acknowledge the absence of requisite infrastructure, lack of funds, poor public support structure, lack of enabling environment and generally poor attitude of the populace to occupational safety and health as leading reasons for inadequate advocacy in the country. In the pool of these excuses, workplace accidents are on the rise, wanton workplace cultures have continued to mutilate workers as no commensurate advocacy has provided proportionate confrontation to the myriad of ethical and cultural hazards that have taken fanciful turns to taint our golden existence with blood. This paper is a clarion call on the generality of safety professionals to create a deliberate disconnect between their self-imagined obstacles and become deliberate about the solution to issues of occupational safety and health practice in the country, as no one is truly alive until they have found something they are willing to die for.

Keywords: Safety campaign and advocacy, safety culture, safety professionals, workplace accidents.

SPEAKER
24.09.2020 | 10:10AM – 10:40AM

Disintermediation as a Tool for Safety Culture Advocacy in Nigeria

- By Amb. Julius A. Akpong

Julius Akpong is a passionate safety, health and sustainability professional with many years of interesting experience. He is a chemist, who has delved into chemicals, aviation, oil and gas, construction, power Generation and general OHSE consultancy. He is a Fellow of the Emergency Crisis and Risk management Institute, Fellow Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria, Graduate Member, IOSH, Member, American Society of Safety Professionals, ASSP, Member Chemical Society of Nigeria and a disaster risk management enthusiast with an MSc. In Disaster risk management and development studies. Julius is into many emerging innovations for the sustainability of the corporate world and humanity in general. His new found hubby, sustainability and human reliability are two interesting areas of engaging research. Julius is HSE Manager for Cummins Energy Solutions Nigeria Ltd and is married with kids.

A short but engaging research has proven that many glorified obstacles have been the bane in safety campaigns and advocacy in Nigeria. This has seen many safety professionals in Nigeria acknowledge the absence of requisite infrastructure, lack of funds, poor public support structure, lack of enabling environment and generally poor attitude of the populace to occupational safety and health as leading reasons for inadequate advocacy in the country. In the pool of these excuses, workplace accidents are on the rise, wanton workplace cultures have continued to mutilate workers as no commensurate advocacy has provided proportionate confrontation to the myriad of ethical and cultural hazards that have taken fanciful turns to taint our golden existence with blood. This paper is a clarion call on the generality of safety professionals to create a deliberate disconnect between their self-imagined obstacles and become deliberate about the solution to issues of occupational safety and health practice in the country, as no one is truly alive until they have found something they are willing to die for.


Keywords: Safety campaign and advocacy, safety culture, safety professionals, workplace accidents.

SPEAKER
24.09.2020 | 10:50AM – 11:20AM

Enforcement and Implementation of Safety Measures through Engineering Designs and Controls

- By Engr. O.J. Oyebode

Engr. O.J. OYEBODE is seasoned, multi-faceted, visionary, dynamic and innovative Civil Engineer that combines teaching, research, community development with Professional practice. He practiced briefly in Consulting Civil, Water resources and Structural Engineering works before joining the academia. He is currently a lecturer in Civil Engineering department, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD). He had paper publications in conferences, reputable local and international journals. He has displayed extensive ingenuity in his professional practice with unusual personality of multiple and variegated credentials. He is member of many professional bodies including World Safety Organization (WSO), Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), American Society of Civil Engineer (ASCE), Fellow of Institute of Policy Management Development (IPMD) and many others with an array of recognition awards in his kitty. He distinguished himself by winning many awards and serving as resource person for COREN accreditation of some Nigerian universities. He is happily married with children.

Engineering profession has a crucial role to play in the enforcement and implementation of safety in most nations of the world. This paper examined implementation strategies for engineering designs and controls for reduction of accidents on roads, workshops, laboratories, residential and industrial buildings. Methodology adopted includes reconnaissance survey of accident routes, documented precedents and literature review. Aspects of procurement, utilization, construction, maintenance and disposal of equipment were checked. Challenges and issues linked to engineering equipment were examined. Findings revealed that some accidents can be traced to lack of adequate attention to engineering design, controls and strategies in the implementation of safety measures. The study concludes that engineering strategies, quality management, public health, security, ergonomics and quality management should be embraced in industry, institution and residential areas. All constructions such as roads require quality materials for construction, safety signs, regulations, rules and protocols. Recommendations put forward include adequate remuneration for safety officers and funding of research on safety.

Keywords: Engineering Input, Remuneration, Safety Officer, Ergonomics, Quality Management

SPEAKER
24.09.2020 | 11:30AM – 12: 00PM

Safety of Lives at Sea; Nigeria’s Maritime Imperative

- By Mike Egbayelo, MBA, FCIS, JP

Mike Egbayelo a Certified Shipping Practitioner, Environmentalist and Entrepreneurship Development Expert. He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA) from the Business School Netherlands, Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Resources Management from the Lagos State University. He has attended trainings and presented studies at the instance of several international organizations such as the Africa Leadership Forum, Fredrich Neumann Foundation, German Cordaid., Ford Foundation among Others.

He is a Fellow of the Certified Institute of Shipping. He is the Special Adviser to Honourable Member representing Apapa Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives on Maritime Affairs and Strategic Communication.

He is the 2nd Vice President of the Nigeria Archery Federation and Chief Executive Officer of Excellerate Graduate Finishing and Entrepreneurship Academy

Shipping is critical to global trade yet it is unfortunately the most vulnerable part in terms of safety. This explains the rationale behind the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Convention on Safety of Lives at Sea (SOLAS) meant to ensure the safety of those individual in shipping activities. This paper will define maritime safety. It will analyze the newly enacted Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Crimes Act (SOPOM). Navigational safety parameters shall be discussed as a key focal point in safety of lives at sea. The paper will take a peep into the intervention of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to achieve its mandate of safety of ships and those on board while discussing the innovations embedded in the agency’s flagship project- The National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure code named “Deep Blue Project” and conclude with industry expectations on the deliverables of the initiatives to improve safety of lives at sea

Keywords: Safety, Maritime, Shipping, Navigation

SPEAKER
24.09.2020 | 12:10AM – 12:40PM

Optimize Safety and Health for Economic Growth

- By Yetunde Adeola

Yetunde Adeola is the presently the QHSSE Manager at Total Workplace Safety Management Systems Limited.

A QHSSE professional with about 10 years of experience in Construction, Manufacturing, Oil & gas and Management consulting.

Accident and safety are related terms; the higher the accident rate in any industry, the greater is the need for safety measures designed to prevent accidents. This topic discusses how to optimize safety and health for economic growth. There is still a tendency among people to think of some industries as peaceful and tranquil, a place where nothing happens very quickly and far removed from violent death or crippling injury. This pleasant rustic picture has undergone a striking change in the last years owing to considerable to exposed risks, which have brought new dangers to those who live and work around these industries. Although men have readily adapted themselves to new machines and methods, they have not proved as able to recognize new dangers and learn how to guard against them. Considering the economic growth, safety goes a little further and usually requires an employer to provide necessary safeguards, with the added requirement on a worker to make use of them. It is a feature of accident prevention work that it never reaches a stage when it can be regarded as complete. Even when a reduction in accidents has been achieved, the effort must be sustained or the trend will be quickly reversed.

ANCHOR
24.09.2020 | 1:30PM – 3:00PM

Dr. Eugene Itua

NATIONAL ROUNDTABLE ON HEALTH, SAFETY, SECURITY, AND ENVIRONMENT


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