Lagos State Government has called on the general public and relevant stakeholders on safety issues to key into its Vision Zero designed to reduce unsafe acts and promote wellbeing in workplaces.

Speaking today at Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja at a Press Conference on Vision Zero, organized by the Lagos State Safety Commission, the Director-General of the Agency, Hon. Hakeem Dickson said that safety issues should not only be seen as a priority but a Value.

The Vision Zero, according to him, is a transformational approach to prevention that interprets safety, health and wellbeing at all level of work. “The vision is to ensure there is zero minimum tolerance for work place incidence. It is also to make awareness to all level of work to cultivate positive change mindset. Various strategies have been made to make awareness such as the Lagos Brazzaville conference which is a three day program to be held from the 26th to 28th of June 2018 at the Landmark center, Lagos.”

Dickson said that the idea of Vision Zero was not about Censorship but about Leadership, Ownership and Partnership with all the stakeholders in the State to ensure Strong tripartite support, raise Vision Zero awareness and engagement through individual, companies and stakeholders groups on how to mitigate unsafe practices.

He explained that the Commission has set up Committees to work on a Seven Golden Rules approach to realize zero harm in workplaces.

The Seven Golden Rules according to him are: leadership commitment, identify hazards and create protective measures, set health and safety goals, ensure a safety and health system, use safe and healthy technology, improve qualification and competence and invest in people.

He recalled that Vision Zero was launched globally at the XXI (21st) World Safety Congress held in Singapore 2017 and it focuses on building capacities and raising awareness at all levels of work to cultivate a positive change mindset that all injuries and ill health caused are preventable and a belief that Zero Harm is possible.

Adepeju Kassim
Public Affairs Officer
Lagos State Safety Commission
19th March, 2018

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