About Us

Origin Of the Institute

The Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria, Act 2014 (Act No.2) published on the Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette No.62, Vol. 101 (Government Notice No.72) Lagos- 20th May, 2014, signed into law on the 19th Day of May, 2014, formally established the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria, as a body corporate with perpetual succession and common seal.


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.

Download ISPON Act 2014 (Act No.2)

WELCOME TO ISPON

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.

MISSION STATEMENT

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.

VISION STATEMENT

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.

OBJECTIVES OF THE INSTITUTE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE ACT

  1. Organize and provide professional training in the area of safety management
  2. In collaboration with relevant government agencies, set standard of practice and determine the knowledge and skill to be acquired by persons seeking to register and practice as safety professionals and to improve on such standard from time to time
  3. Do all such things to be necessary to promote the advancement of safety profession in both the public and private sectors of the economy.
    1. To provide a centre for Safety Officers, Safety Managers, Safety Engineers, Safety consultants, Security Professionals, Occupational Health Specialists, Occupational Hygienists, Environmentalists and all safety professionals in the area of safety management in Nigeria and generally to do such things as may from time to time be necessary to maintain a strict standard of professional ethics amongst its members and to advance the interest of safety management.
    2. To make presentations to the Government in Nigeria the views of the Institute on any subject of concern or interest to safety management and if considered advisable to join with other bodies in submitting such presentations.
    3. To promote, protect, encourage and maintain a high standard of health and safety management study and practice and encourage greater efficiency therein.
    4. To be a body to which the government, public or private organisation can have recourse for advice, or assistance on any subject of concern or interest to safety of life and property.
    5. To facilitate the development of the institute, and acquisition of technology through visits to places of safety management and or participating in professionals’ meetings, conferences, seminars, symposia and exhibitions, within and outside Nigeria.
    6. To nominate any member or members as arbitrators, panellists. Investigators, auditors, expert witnesses or specialist advisers whenever called upon to do so or if such is of interest to the Institute.
    7. To create awareness and/or apply for legislation or judicial interpretation on issues that would advance or enforce any object of the Institute.
    8. To watch over, promote and protect the mutual interests of its members, ensure their continuous development and give advice to members.

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.

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.

Please Note

The Act provides that a person who is not registered by the Institute but holds himself or herself out as a registered Safety Professional is guilty of an offence. It further states that a person who, for the purpose of procuring registration as a Safety Professional, makes false claim as to his or her qualifications or experience, or makes false entry or wilfully falsifies the register, is also guilty of an offence.

Penalties for such offences are fine not exceeding N100,00.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months for an individual, and for a corporate organization a fine not less than N500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira).