IOSH has launched its ‘No Time to Lose’ campaign aimed to get carcinogenic exposure issues more widely understood and help businesses take action. The campaign has been designed to raise awareness of this significant health issue facing workers in the UK and internationally, to suggest some solutions to tackle the problem, and to offer free practical, original materials to businesses to help them deliver effective prevention programmes.
Recent research by the Imperial College, London, linked thousands of cancer deaths with different occupations and found almost 14,000 new cases of cancer caused by work are registered each year, 4,000 because of asbestos, and 10,000 linked to exposures from silica dust to diesel fumes.
Around 8,000 deaths a year caused by occupational cancer. Of these, half are contracted from exposure to the biggest work cancer killer, asbestos, with the other 4,000 down to exposures to other, lesser-known carcinogens.
IOSH are calling on the government, regulators, professional bodies, industry, employers and employees to take action and tackle the issues head on so that lives can be saved.
More information can be found at: http://www.notimetolose.org.uk