The Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON) is a technical arm of the National Industrial Safety Council of Nigeria (NISCN) which is a tripartite organization comprising (The governments, Employers and Labour) established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 1964 to monitor industries/factories activities to ensure Safety of people and advise on the need for legislation.
The Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON) is Nigeria’s largest Safety Professional body for individuals involved in Occupational Health and Safety practices, individuals involved in maintaining standards, providing impartial and authoritative guidance and HSE trainings.
The Institute’s members are drawn from various sectors of our economy including the government agencies and construction industries. Corporate organizations are also admitted as members.
Origin of the Institute
The Institute of safety professionals of Nigeria was inaugurated in August 1980, at the end of the Annual conference of the National Industrial Safety Council of Nigeria that Year, when safety Professionals representing members companies on the NISCN decided to form as association that would be available to offer professional technical advice to the NISCN as may be necessary.
25th August 1980,
The minister of employment , labour and productivity, Cmr. Adebisi Ogedengbe at the 5th annual general meeting and seminar of the NISCN announced the decision to inaugurate the Nigeria Society of safety officers which would serve as technical advisers to the NISCN.
NISP was registered as a corporate body under the land (perpetual succession) Act. Cap. 98. A certificate of incorporation of the Registered trustees of NSSP no. 2320 dated on the 8th day of April, 1983 was issued by the Hon. Minister, Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs.
In 1989, at the annual conference/seminar held at Durbar Hotels, Lagos, a motion was moved and adopted for the change of name from Nigerian Society of Safety Professionals (NSSP) to Nigerian Institute of Safety Professional (NISP) and now Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON). Thereafter, the institute was incorporated under the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990 with Registration no. RC481109.
The Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria, as the technical arm of the National Industrial Safety Council of Nigeria (NISCN), has the mandate to promote, regulate, standardize, train, certify and maintain ethics in safety.
The Institute's major policy thrust is the nurture and development of dynamic, effective and efficient safety services and practice in Nigeria through training, examination, certification, recognition, supervision and discipline of safety personnel and organizations.
It is also the Institute's mission to constantly research and review current safety standards, principles, organizations and methods in collaboration with similar international bodies in order to provide relevant solutions to prevailing occupational safety, health and environmental problems in Nigeria.
ISPON Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
The Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria was inaugurated in August 1980 as Nigeria Society of Safety Professionals (NSSP) during the annual conference of the National Industrial Safety Council of the Nigeria (NISCN) as a professional technical arm of the NISCN, NISCN-is a tripartite body comprising the Governments of the federation (represented by Director of factories, Federal Ministry of labour & productivity), Employers (represented by the Nigerian Employers Consultative Association) and labour Congress), set by the Federal Government to prevent Industrial accidents and hazards and promote occupational health and welfare in industrial establishments.
REGISTRATION: 8 April, 1983
ISPON was registered as a corporate body under the land (Perpetual Succession) Act, Cap.98 A certificate of incorporation listing of the Registered trustees of NSSP n. 2320 dated 8th day of April, 1983 was issued by the Hon. Minister, Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs.
CHANGE OF NAME: August, 1989
In 1989 at the annual conference/seminar held at Durbar Hotels, Lagos, a motion was moved and adoption for the change of name from Nigerian Society of safety Professionals (NSSP) to Nigerian Institute of safety Professionals (ISPON).
January, 2003 Thereafter the Institute was incorporated under the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990 with registration no. Rc481109.
MISSION OF THE INSTITUTE
We must control loss of lives and properties, and damage to the environment ensuing from mishaps.
Therefore we need to develop, promote, inculcate and encourage safety knowledge and technical know-how, and enforce standards and ethics in the practice of safety in Nigeria among members, both individual and Corporate, harnessing and directing the energies of skilled manpower to protect our resources for the benefit of our country, Nigeria.
The Institute’s major policy thrust is to develop and nurture, dynamic, effective and efficient Safety Services and practice in Nigeria through training, examination, certificate, recognition, supervision and discipline of safety personnel and consultants.
It is also the Institute’s mission to constantly research and review current safety standards, principles, organization and methods in collaboration with similar international problems in Nigeria.
Our mission statement is to achieve excellent safety performance of organizations and create safety awareness through information dissemination, courses, seminars, audits and publications, thus promoting, encouraging and improving occupational method and procedures in the industries, public sector and institutions.
Our Vision is to re-engineer occupational safety and health not only in Nigerian workplaces but also in all spheres of life by carrying out educational activities and playing advisory roles to government, organizations and the public as the need arises.