By CHIOMA OBINNA
Nigerian laboratory scientists have called for adequate legislation to regulate the practice of health and safety in the general working environment in the country.
The scientists, under the aegis of Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, AMLSN, Lagos State Branch, called for creation of robust safety measures and consciousness in work places with a view to reducing work related hazard and disease.
They said the creation of a legislation and safety consciousness in work places became necessary following the International Labour Organinsation , ILO report which revealed that an estimated 160 million cases of fatal work related diseases occur yearly globally, in addition to 317 million of non-fatal occupational accidents that happen in a year.
In an address during its 48th Annual Conference with the theme; “Occupational Health and Safety in Nigeria: Matters Arising”, Chairman of the Association, Mr. Olawale Oladubu, emphasized the need for employers of labour in the country to adopt safety measures that would reduce the exposure of the health of their workers to risks and occupational hazards.
“The work environment in Nigeria does not protect the worker from hazards, hence, the need for awareness on occupational health and safety to reduce increase in work related diseases witnessed in many work places in Nigeria today.”
He advocated for increased awareness on the various labour laws in the country among employers of labour and the employees.
Speaking on the laboratory practice in Nigeria, the Chairman said AMSLN has in the last six years sanitized the profession to check quackery.
Chairman, Conference Planning Committee, Robert Samuel, called for adequate compensation of workers who sustained injuries in the workplace.