The Revised National Policy on Occupational Health and Safety
The right to safe and healthy working conditions is a basic human right as enshrined in Article 23 of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948. It is further reaffirmed in Article 7 of the United Nations’ International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, 1976. In the light of worsening global statistics, relating to work-related accidents, injuries, and diseases, however, there remains a growing concern globally for step-up of actions for the protection and promotion of the safety, health, and well-being of the working population.
All over the world today, protecting the safety, health, and well-being of the working population remains an obligatory function of governments. In pursuit of this objective, the government of Nigeria has enshrined in its national laws and regulations, adequate protection of the safety, health, and well–being of all persons in employment. This is in cognizance of the fact that a safe and healthy workforce is vital for sustainable social and economic development.
The review of the document was in recognition of changing patterns of employment, work organizations, work practices, and new types of emerging hazards and risks arising from new technologies, materials, and substances. The current review of the Policy will, therefore, undoubtedly further enhance the efforts of the government towards attaining the desired objectives.
The policy review was carried out through a wide consultation of stakeholders; from Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Professional Bodies, Occupational Safety and Health Practitioners, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and other relevant stakeholders. The contents provide invaluable guidelines to ensure effective measures and control are put in place to prevent occupational hazards while protecting persons at work against work-related illnesses, diseases, injuries, disabilities, and even deaths.
Please download the Revised Policy document HERE