Forward thinking businesses pledge to prevent occupational cancer

Jaguar Land Rover, Royal Mail Group, Thames Water, along with construction giants Laing O’Rourke, Skanska and Morgan Sindall are among the 19 businesses who have demonstrated their commitment to preventing occupational cancer by signing up to the No Time to Lose campaign pledge.

15 December 2014

Cancer caused by work claims the lives of 666,000 people a year worldwide – one death every 47 seconds. No Time to Lose aims to get the causes of occupational cancer more widely understood and help businesses take action.

The 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 to help prevent occupational cancer.

Shaun Davis, Group Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing and Sustainability at Royal Mail Group stated his support for the campaign: "Royal Mail Group's commitment to the safety of our employees is an enduring priority for us.

"Not only does a safer and more healthy workplace mean less harm to the 144,000 people who work for us, in the UK, it also means more efficient operations.

"As part of our drive to achieve continual improvement in occupational safety and health management, we're pleased to support IOSH's No Time to Lose campaign – we recognise that tackling significant occupational health risks such as carcinogenic exposures is part and parcel of every responsible, sustainable business."

Caroline Patel, Head of Campaigns at IOSH, said: "We’re delighted to see companies from PM Group to Southern 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. 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."

Join the growing number of businesses leading on this issue.

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