How controlling carcinogenic exposure today can save lives tomorrow

Decisions made today on controlling exposure to dangerous carcinogens in the workplace will save lives in the future, safety and health professionals will hear.

30 March 2015

Businesses in north-east Scotland, and the rest of the UK, are being encouraged to get behind a campaign to prevent people from contracting cancer as they do their jobs.

The No Time to Lose drive – run by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) – has already received support from government and firms of all sizes.

Delegates at the Institution’s North East of Scotland branch’s latest meeting, on Wednesday 8 April, will hear about the campaign and its success to date.

Professor John Cherrie, Research Director at the Institute of Occupational Medicine, will deliver a speech on the impact of work-related cancer and how firms can take action now to prevent staff from contracting it.

Worldwide, 666,000 a year die from cancer which can be traced back to carcinogens they are exposed to at work. Common carcinogens include asbestos, silica dust, diesel engine exhaust emissions and solar radiation.

Donald Macfarlane, chair of the North East of Scotland branch, urged businesses to join the campaign and help to drive that number down.

He said: “For too long families in this part of Scotland have suffered from the cruel effects of exposure to carcinogens in the workplace.

“People should not have to be put at risk of such exposure as they go about their day-to-day business.

“We are pleased to be bringing this campaign to the attention of safety and health practitioners in this part of Scotland, as it is as important here as anywhere else.

“We urge businesses to get involved. By controlling carcinogenic exposure today they really can save lives tomorrow.”

The branch meeting is being held between 6pm and 8pm at the Jurys Inn in Aberdeen.


Contact Tim Walsh, IOSH Media Manager

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