The Director-General of Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC), Lanre Mojola, says the State Government will intervene in the hospitality industry to ensure that hotels in the state comply with safety practices.
Majola, who disclosed this on Thursday at a stakeholders’ forum on hotel safety in Lagos, emphasized the need for sensitisation on safe practices in the industry.
In his words: “Hotels never close and they are places one visits to have an experience one cannot have at home, hence there is need to sensitise stakeholders on safe hotels practices, ensure co-operations and proper coordination of work activities within the sector and provide stakeholders with relevant information on any risks to their health and safety.”
“As safety professionals our eyes are meant to be trained to identify and manage these hazards. This involves carrying out risk assessments such as monitoring wires that are hanging, fuses coming into the building, chair that is broken or the ambience that is not right.”
For his part, the Head of Faculty, OSHversity, Ehi Iden, said many accidents in hotels can be prevented by taking audits of hotels and equipment in them.
“Accidents commonly associated with hotels include musculoskeletal disorders, food poisoning, drowning, electrocution and fire incidents. This is why there needs to be audit and inspection carried out on hotels in the state, particularly as Lagos has the highest number of hotels,” Iden said