Institute for Health, Safety, Security & Environment(HSSE) Studies, University of Uyo

Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) studies institute provides the University community with a healthy, safe, secure and sustainable environment by maintaining the highest possible standards. The institute provides services across the University for related matters such as:

  • Ensuring risk assessments are undertaken and reviewed for all activities.
  • Conducting safety and Environmental inspections.
  • Emergency Management; Fire accidents, chemical spills, Traffic accidents, etc.
  • Reporting HSSE incidents and accidents, and conducting/participating in investigations.
  • Hazardous waste management.
  • Campus sustainability management.
  • Raising the awareness through conducting training sessions and ensuring the compliance with HSSE policies and procedures.


Professor Ime R. Udotong

Director, IHSSES - 08023008640,08034423182

Ime R. Udotong was born on 23rd July 1960 in Ikpe Annang, Etim Ekpo LGA, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. He holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Applied Biology (Microbiology option); a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) degree in Applied Microbiology and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in Applied / Environmental Microbiology from same University. He joined the University of Uyo as Lecturer II in 1993 and rose through the rank to the position of a Professor in 2007.
He was seconded from the academic department to work as the Managing Director of University of Uyo Consultancy Ltd for about five (5) years. While on this seat, he had opportunities of working for all the multi-national oil companies like Shell Petroleum Development Company Ltd (SPDC); Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPNU); Elf Petroleum Nigeria Ltd (EPNL), Nigerian Agip Oil Company Ltd (NAOC), etc on the public health implications of oil & gas pollution of the Niger Delta region. Besides, he has worked as an Environmental Consultant / Expert to multinational oil & gas companies in NAOC, Port Harcourt, Nigeria; Ecologia Applicata Unit, Environmental Systems Unit, Saipem SpA, Fano, Italy in Europe and Giolee Global Resources Ltd, 18, Uyo Street, Rumuomasi, Port Harcourt, Rivers State where he served as the Remediation Project Manager of the biggest of the HYPREP Ogoniland Cleanup Lot at Alode, Eleme.
In addition, he has worked as the Head, Department of Microbiology; Director, Directorate of Pre-degree Basic Studies and as the Pioneer Head of Campus, Dr. Ime Sampson Umanah Campus of University of Uyo, Ediene Abak, from 2011 to 2013.
He proposed to the University Senate to start the Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma programmes in Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE) and got it approved since 2015/2016 session. The programmes are since on-going in the School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies on part-time basis under him as the HSSE Programmes Coordinator.
Professionally, he holds Diplomas in Fire fighting / Fire prevention and First Aid Treatment from Mobil Training School. He is an IRCA-certified Auditor / Lead Auditor in Occupational Health & Safety (OHSAS 18001):2007. He is a member of ALL the major Safety professional bodies in Nigeria: the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON), American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and World Safety Organization Nigeria Chapter (WSO-NG). He was nominated and conferred with the 2018 WSO-NG Safety and Emergency Response Ready (SafERR) Ambassador as well as the WSO-NG Armstrong Oyakhilome's Best Environmental Scientist Award. He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC).
He has published well over 60 articles in local and international journals including book chapters and technical reports to his credit. He is currently the Founding Editor / Editor in Chief of the Nigerian Journal of Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE). His current research interest is the areas of Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE).

About Us

The Institute for Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE) Studies as one of the pioneer Institutes in a Nigerian federal tertiary institution, will be one of the best Health, safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Training Institutes in the world to train and properly equip the teaming global workforce with adequate knowledge of health, safety, security & environment.
The IHSSES will collaborate with Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON), other safety institutes in the world over and the industries to support the University¡¯s core mission of teaching, research and community development by providing comprehensive health, safety, security and environmental services to the University and the global community.
We will adopt the NUC¡¯s Cross-Border Education provisions for training, research and consultation, maintaining a safe environment through recognizing and controlling health and safety hazards, ensuring a process of regulatory compliance, and minimizing future potential liabilities.
The overall aim of the Institute for Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE) Studies in University of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria is to provide graduates with excellent broad-based training required to become experts in Occupational Health & Industrial Hygiene, Industrial Safety and Risk management, Industrial Security and Anti-terrorism and Environmental Assessment and Toxicology in the industrial sector.
Some specific objectives of the Institute are:
i. To carry out teaching, research and community / consultancy services in all areas of Health, Safety, Security and Environment studies;
ii. To collaborate with Universities and research institutes within and outside Nigeria through the NUC's Cross-Border Education provisions;
iii. To collaborate with the industries both within Nigeria and abroad to give our graduates the needed practical / industry best practices for them to function in the Industries on graduation; and
iv. To meet the training needs of the industries in all aspects of Health, Safety, Security and Environment Studies at all levels.
The proposed degree programmes in the Institute are designed to produce senior managers, line managers and supervisor¡¯s broad knowledge and understanding of health, safety, security and environment principles and practices.
The degree programmes in health, safety, security and environment are designed to train, drill and educate personnel who have no previous knowledge on promoting and maintaining health, safety and security in their various workplace.
This is one way to promote workplace safety since "everyone is responsible for health and safety: employers, supervisors, workers, HSSE Committee and many others have specific HSSE roles and responsibilities at workplace"

Structure/organogram of the Institute


Mrs. Esther Victor
Personal Secretary
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Deputy Registrar/Secretary


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