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Nigeria: Health and safety

Original and updating authors: Dayo Adu and Adekunle Obebe, Bloomfield Advocates & Solicitors

Consultant editor: Ayobamidele Akande, Stark Legal

Summary

  • While there is a general duty under the employment contract to provide a safe system and place of work and to take reasonable care of employees' safety, general health and safety legislation applies only to factories. (See General)
  • Where work is carried out in a factory, the employer must observe a set of statutory rules on health, safety and welfare. (See Duties on employers and employees)
  • Responsibility for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the factory health and safety legislation lies with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity. (See Enforcement and penalties)
  • A statutory scheme provides insurance for occupational diseases and illnesses. (See Compensation for occupational injury or illness)