Continuing its ‘No time to lose’ campaign, IOSH held their Construction Health Summit to explore ways of eradicating ill health and disease in the construction sector.
The Summit took place on 21st January in London to address the shocking statistic that deaths as a result of occupational disease are 100 times more likely than deaths by accidents.
With occupational cancer in the construction industry currently accounting for over 40% of cancer deaths/diagnoses in the workplace, and the most significant cause of these cancers being exposure to asbestos (70%) and silica (17%), IOSH is currently raising awareness about work-related cancer with its No Time to Lose campaign. More than 60 organisations across the world, including some major construction firms, have made a pledge to do what they can to reduce workers’ exposure potentially-harmful carcinogens.
The summit will also explore what can be done to address other causes of ill health, including breathing and lung problems caused by exposure to dust and diesel emissions; dermatitis caused by hazardous substances; ill health caused by noise and vibration as well as back injuries and upper limb disorders.
More information on the campaign can be found at http://www.notimetolose.org.uk/.
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