Nigeria is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. Highflying in the process of urbanization, industrialization and modernization, it is faced with multiple challenges of public health, occupational safety and, environmental degradation and pollution. In addition, the Nigerian workforce suffers from severe lack of awareness and practice of standard occupational health and safety, the populace exhibits low level of environmental protection and conservation consciousness. Lastly, public health and safety is barely observable in the rural areas.
In order to help counter such multifaceted challenges, a group of certified professionals have decided to join hands in making Nigerians workers safe and healthy within and outside their work environment. They train and nature young, intelligent and passionate public health, occupational health and environmental protection advocates and ambassadors. Hence, the Kivos HSE Foundation has tasked itself to generate, formulate, develop and sustain a national level voluntary campaign in health, safety and environmental issues within and outside any work environment in Nigeria. It is a Non-Governmental Organization and Non-Profit Foundation aimed at protecting employees and their employers, the public and the environment.
KiHSE Foundation is made up of volunteer professionals responsible for public health, environmental protection and occupational health and safety at work. Kivos HSE Foundation expert trainers and friendly support team instills confidence in the individuals and companies we train and advice. A major program of KiHSE Foundation is HSE Research. Health, Safety and Environment Research is about finding out new knowledge that could lead to advances in quality health and safer environment. There are many types of research, from studies in the scientific laboratory to those that are observed in the fields and through examination by researchers with different conditions or new methodologies. KiHSE Foundation HSE Research is mainly concerned with preventing disease, accidents and hazards, and promoting good health as we interact with the environment. Environmental health aims at preventing or controlling diseases and injuries related to the interactions between people and their environment. Thus, creating healthy environments can be complex and relies on continual research towards better understanding of the effects of exposures to environmental hazards on people’s health.
The Kivos HSE Foundation stated as a drive for selfless service to humanity. Apst. Olukunle Kivos ADEBIYI, the founder had severally witnessed the ill-fate the workers of a small-scale recycling factory had to suffer in their work environment. The factory and its staffs whose names we have retracted for confidentiality reasons, had staffs who suffered several injuries during work and eventually the death of an employee by electrocution. The founder was moved by the accidents suffered by the factory workers and volunteered to enlighten and educate the factory workers on occupational health and safety. Being a certified HSE personnel, it was a call to duty and a show of empathy. After the successful training of the factory employees, who were more than happy to receive enlightenment, recommendations were made for him to do likewise with other small-scale industries. Primarily, the foundation was solely funded and powered through the founder’s company (Kivos Research Limited) and personal finance.
Progressively the founder thus instituted the Kivos HSE Foundation to enlighten, educate and certify not only factory employees but the citizenry of the locality. The vision of the founder to make the institute a “one for all” center for occupational health enlightenment, public health advocacy and a fighter for environmental protection, sustainability and preservation, led to the founding of KiHSE by Apst. Olukunle Kivos ADEBIYI.
Occupational health and safety (or workplace safety) has become a relegated aspect of many African industries, especially in today’s fast-paced and high-performance driven world. In Africa, as more attention is paid to, and awards given to employees' achievement and work performance, the need for personal safety became second place. The implication of this trend is already being felt; as more workplace accidents and deaths occurs daily within the continent. However, due to the absence of an official recording and documentation system of these accidents and deaths, the society and relevant government agencies are unaware of this deadly trend, resulting in even more deaths.
We envision a Nigerian workspace and society that is safe and free from all forms of occupational, public and environmental hazards.
Educate, motivate and empower Nigerians to responsibly promote and adopt safer workspace and social behaviors free from all forms of occupational, public and environmental hazards.
The objectives of Kivos HSE Foundation is to:
1. train and nature young, intelligent and passionate public health, occupational health and environmental protection advocates
2. educate, train and certify individuals, members of NGOs and NPOs, private and public employees on public health, environmental protection and, occupational health and safety
3. enlighten individuals on global health and environmental standards to ensure best practice and compliance within and outside the work environment
4. help establishments to identify workplace hazards, risks and unsafe acts and conditions relating to occupational health, safety and wellbeing of the environment
5. conduct and publish academic research studies relating to public health, environmental protection and occupational health and safety
6. sensitize and inform various stakeholders on occupational health, safety and the environment
7. develop policies that are sensitive and acceptable as educational materials to promote public health, collaborative safety, environmental protection and occupational health
8. build capacity of individuals and organizations to adopt, practice and sustain highest levels of work, health and environmental safety
9. acknowledge individuals, members of NGOs and NPOs, private and public employees who eagerly and earnestly promote public health, environmental protection and occupational health and safety
10. network and collaborate with other individuals and institutions who share KiHSE Foundation values to promote work, health and environmental safety at all levels
11. carryout research, collate, document and build a reliable data bank for incidence and accidents in SME factories in Nigeria
A Civil Engineer, EIA expert and certified HSE Auditor.
Executive Director: KiHSE Foundation
Certified HSE Documentation & Corporate Policy Developer.
Secretary: KiHSE Foundation
Certified Health, Safety Environment Officer. Treasurer: KiHSE Foundation
A public health officer, EIA expert and certified HSE Supervisor with more than 3 years professional and volunteering experience.
An Occupational health and safety manager with over 3 years experience in the oil and gas industry with impressive results as evidence. A Biochemist and Programmer.
An Occupational health and safety supervisor with over 5 years experience. Currently, construction site manager and supervisor at A & K Construction Limited
Highly experienced Health, Safety Environment Officer. A Technologist and Public Health Advocate. Present zonal coordinator of the Civil Society for HIV and AIDS in Nigeria (CiSHAN). Co-founder at Jobba Pro
Certified Environmental Impact Assessment expert and EMS Auditor. Principal Consultant BiggestFish Group incharge of EIA and IMM report preparation and presentation, general Environmental consultancy.
Certified Health, Safety Environment Supervisor. Highly trainned Medical Paramedics and emergency response officer.
Business Developer and Strategist responsible for Partnerships, Grants and International Collaboration for KiHSE Foundation
Certified Health, Safety Environment Officer: Program Supervisor for KiHSE Foundation.
Certified Health, Safety Environment Officer: Volunteer Supervisor for KiHSE Foundation.
D.O. Onodje & Co. Chambers, Benin City, Edo State. Legal Counsel and solicitor to KiHSE Foundation.
Kivos Health, Safety and Environment (KiHSE) Foundation is a Nonprofit Foundation established to train, certify and empower individuals, members of NGOs and NPOs, private and public employees on public health, environmental protection, occupational Health and Safety. We train private and public employees to meet global standards by ensuring best practice and compliance within and outside the work environment.