The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s No Time to Lose Campaign

IOSH launched their campaign in November 2014, bringing together industry leaders, cancer charities, MP’s and professional bodies to raise awareness and share experiences of preventing occupational cancer.

IOSH wants to raise awareness of five of the top causes of occupational cancer registrations and deaths:

  1. Diesel Engine Exhaust emissions – is linked to 650 UK deaths a year;
  2. Solar radiation – more treatable than some cancers, but the registrations are still high;
  3. Asbestos – The HSE estimates that 1.8 million people of which 1.3 million are tradespeople, are still at risk of exposure;
  4. Shift work – More research is needed, but research suggests that night-time shift work can cause breast cancer;
  5. Silica – If compliance with current controls of Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS) could be improved from 33% to 90%, more than 600 cancer registrations would be avoided

IOSH have produced a series of posters, videos and hand-outs which explain the risks and action for the workforce.

To find out more, watch the video below.

To find out more about the No Time to Lose campaign, click the link below.

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IOSH website, Magazine of the Chartered Institute of Building, 2014

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