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Enforcement of occupational safety and health regulations in Nigeria: An exploration

Enforcement of occupational safety and health regulations in Nigeria: An exploration

Umeokafor, Nnedinma, Isaac, David, Jones, Keith and Umeadi, Boniface (2014) Enforcement of occupational safety and health regulations in Nigeria: An exploration. European Scientific Journal, 3. pp. 93-104. ISSN 1857-7881 (Print), 1857-7431 (Online)

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Abstract

This paper examines the enforcement of occupational safety and health (OSH) regulations; it validates the state of enforcement of OSH regulations by extracting the salient issues that influence enforcement of OSH regulations in Nigeria. It’s the duty of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity (Inspectorate Division) to enforce the Factories Act of 1990, while the Labour, Safety, Health and Welfare Bill of 2012 empowers the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health of Nigeria to administer the proceeding regulations on its behalf. Sadly enough, the impact of the enforcement authority is ineffective, as the key stakeholders pay less attention to OSH regulations; thus, rendering the OSH scheme dysfunctional and unenforceable, at the same time impeding OSH development. For optimum OSH in Nigeria, maximum enforcement and compliance with the regulations must be in place. This paper, which is based on conceptual analysis, reviews literature gathered through desk literature search. It identified issues to OSH enforcement such as: political influence, bribery and corruption, insecurity, lack of governmental commitment, inadequate legislation inter alia. While recommending ways to improve the enforcement of OSH regulations, it states that self-regulatory style of enforcing OSH regulations should be adopted by organisations. It also recommends that more OSH inspectors be recruited; local government authorities empowered to facilitate the enforcement of OSH regulations. Moreover, the study encourages organisations to champion OSH enforcement, as it is beneficial to them; it concludes that the burden of OSH improvement in Nigeria is on the government, educational authorities, organisations and trade unions.

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Additional Information: [1] Published in ESJ, February 2014, SPECIAL EDITION VOL.3. The ESJ is affiliated with the University of the Azores, Portugal http://www.uac.pt/destaque/european-scientific-journal. [2] This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. ESJ Open Access Policy: This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public, supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. [3] The ESJ is affiliated with the University of the Azores, Portugal http://www.uac.pt/destaque/european-scientific-journal. [4] Prior to publication in European Scientific Journal, the paper was presented and published in 'International Scientific Forum, ISF 2013' conference proceedings: Umeokafor, Nnedinma, Isaac, David, Jones, Keith and Umeadi, Boniface (2013) Enforcement of occupational safety and health regulations in Nigeria: An exploration. In: International Scientific Forum, ISF 2013. European Scientific Institute, ESI, Kocani, Republic of Macedonia, pp. 92-104. ISBN 9786084642152.
Uncontrolled Keywords: enforcement, Nigeria, occupational safety and health, regulations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
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Last Modified: 15 Oct 2016 08:12
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/12291

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