FastNews reports that the Lagos State government has stated that it will ensure that all hotels in the state adhere to safety standards.
Mr. Lanre Mojola, Director-General of the Lagos State Safety Commission, stated this at a stakeholders’ forum on hotel safety held on Victoria Island.
He explained that “hotels don’t close; they’re places people go to have an experience they can’t get at home,” he explained, “so there’s a need to educate stakeholders on safe hotel practices.”
He emphasized the importance of ensuring collaboration and proper coordination of work activities within the hotel and hospitality industries, as well as providing stakeholders with relevant information free of health and safety risks.
“As safety professionals, our eyes are supposed to be trained to identify and manage these hazards,” he says. This entails risk assessments such as watching for dangling wires, fuses coming into the building, and chairs that aren’t in good shape.
He declared that audits and inspections should be carried out on hotels in the state, particularly as Lagos has the highest number of hotels.
There needs to be regular auditing and inspections of equipment such as sneeze guards, elevator signs, smoke detectors, wheelchairs, and swimming pool signs. There should also be safety training and relevant certification for employees in collaboration with emergency service providers for prompt emergency response and event centers within the hotel facility must be registered. ”
In her remarks, the Executive Director of Vic Lawrence Associates, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Osineme, said hoteliers should be more innovative in hotel management in terms of safety, security, comfort, and cleaning to achieve the desired safer hotels in Lagos.
Mr. Seun Awojobi, appealed for collaboration from stakeholders to achieve the desired results, adding that all hands should be on deck to achieve a more robust and safer hotel in Lagos.
He advised that events in hotels should be registered and that hoteliers should work closely with the commission to have a safer hotel in the state.
According to him, “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, a chair that is broken, or the ambiance that is not right.
The Head of Faculty at OSHversity, Mr. Ehi Iden, disclosed that 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.