Organisations Back Occupational Cancer Campaign

More than 50 organisations have endorsed a campaign to cut the number of deaths from occupational cancer.

The No Time To Lose campaign was launched just over a month ago by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). It calls for a collaboration of Government and employers to take action to cut the number of deaths caused by exposure to dangerous carcinogens in the workplace.

The campaign pledge asks companies to commit to action plans including assessing whether activities carried out by staff could put them at risk of contracting cancer, and demanding supply chains work to the same standards.

According to conservative estimates, 8,000 people die from cancer a year in the UK because of exposure to a work-related carcinogen, such as diesel exhaust fumes, silica dust or asbestos fibres. About 14,000 contract the disease each year.

“We’re delighted to see companies from Crossrail to Thames Water getting involved with our campaign to tackle work-related cancer, showing real leadership on a significant issue facing workplaces in the UK and internationally,” commented Caroline Patel, Head of Campaigns at IOSH. “We know that if enough responsible businesses lead the way, supply chain contractors and smaller players within the key sectors should follow their example.”

“For too long, serious occupational health issues such as work-caused cancer have been in the shadow of safety, and this campaign is helping businesses to redress the balance,” she added.

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