Implications of Occupational Health and Safety Intelligence in Nigeria

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Akinwale, A.A
Olusanya, O.A
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Health and safety risks abound in many organisations in developing countries, despite availability of various health and safety policies. This situation produces adverse consequences for employees, organisations, and society. This article examines the implications of occupational health and safety intelligence in Nigeria, based on a cross-sectional research design and risk society and sensemaking theories. The secondary and primary data used for the article were derived from a systematic review of the literature and 15 in-depth interviews among managers and senior staff members of selected organizations in Lagos state, Nigeria. The data were subjected to content analysis and ethnographic technique. Findings revealed a high level of awareness of the importance of occupational health, inadequate investment in safety intelligence programmes, and prevalence of occupational hazards in various organisations. The prevalence of hazards in some organizations signaled the inadequacy of occupational health and safety programmes in Nigeria. Managers and employees are susceptible to occupational health hazards, with adverse implications on man-hours, productivity, and job security. The findings show the need for adequate investment in precautions and occupational medicine in Nigeria.
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Development , Organizations , Safety , Training
Akinwale, O.A & Olusanya, O.A (2016), Implications of Occupational Health and Safety Intelligence in Nigeria. The Journal of Global Health Care Sytsems, vol.6 (1).