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Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 3  |  Issue: 8  |  Page No.: 634 - 641

Health, Safety and Environmental Issues in Nigerian Manufacturing and Processing Industries

A.J. Alawode, J.T. Stephen and G.J. Adeyemi    

Abstract: Environmental pollution is a major adverse consequence of the rapid urban growth, increased economic activities and industrial development witnessed globally and particularly in Nigeria for the past few years. Various forms of pollution pose threat to the health and safety of mankind and its environment. This study, therefore, carries out an assessment of the health, safety and environmental issues in Nigerian manufacturing and processing industries with a view to re-awakening and re-sensitizing environmentally conscious industrial activities and municipal waste disposal attitudes towards a safe and healthy environment. Diverse forms of occupational hazards, air and water pollution and waste management and disposal challenges are discussed and the health, safety and environmental attitudes of Nigerian industries, municipalities and the public in general are reviewed. Workers in many Nigerian companies are exposed to a lot of occupational hazards and our air and water pollution control and waste management and disposal systems need to be improved to comply with international standards. Suggestions are therefore made towards an improved health and safety status of the environment by recommending industrial health, safety and environmental policies for Nigerian companies. Measures of minimizing occupational hazards and ways of actualizing efficient and effective industrial waste management and disposal systems are also recommended.

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