The Lagos State Government has asked firms in the manufacturing, oil and gas, construction, chemical and allied industries to ensure proper handling and storage of chemicals capable of causing health and environmental hazards to members of the public.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties and Inter Governmental Relations, Dr. Jemilade Longe, said flammable materials could be hazardous where less attention was paid to movement of chemicals.

Longe spoke on Thursday at the International Seminar on Flammable Hazardous Materials Handling organised by the Lagos State Safety Commission in conjunction with MTC Enterprise Ltd. and Laboratory and Scientific Equipment Company.

He said the movement and handling of chemicals could be risky, hence the need for organisations to be safety conscious.

He noted that the Lagos State Government placed priority on creating public awareness on living and working safe.

The Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, Hakeem Dickson, commended the stakeholders for cooperating with the government in its drive to ensure that every sector of the society was sanitised.

Dickson noted that as much as chemicals were of great benefits to the society, they could equally be detrimental to human health and life.