IOSH Manchester branch hosts occupational cancer campaign event

Companies in the Manchester area are being urged to join a campaign to cut deaths from occupational cancer.

9 January 2015

They are being asked to join several other firms across the UK in making a pledge to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH’s) No Time to Lose campaign.

IOSH’s Manchester and North West Districts branch has organised an event so health and safety practitioners can hear more about the drive, which was launched in November. The campaign is raising awareness of the causes of thousands of work-related cancer deaths, from asbestos fibres to diesel exhaust fumes.

Ian Strudley, Head of the Health Risk Management Unit at the Health and Safety Executive, will give a talk about the campaign at the event. It is being held at the Chill Factore indoor skiing venue, Trafford Quays Leisure Village, from 6.30pm to 9pm on Tuesday 13 January.

Delegates will hear how they can get involved with the campaign, which is calling 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.

This can be done by making a pledge to take action along with some major employers such as Royal Mail and construction firm Laing O’Rourke. Firms can also endorse the campaign.

Caroline Patel, Head of Campaigns at IOSH, said it is vital firms in Manchester and other parts of the UK put as much effort into cutting occupational health issues such as cancer as they do for safety issues.

She said: “It's essential that we get the message out on occupational cancers to businesses in key sectors like construction and allied trades.

“Many in the industry already 'get' safety, but serious occupational health issues like work-caused cancer are still largely under the radar. We urge businesses in and around Manchester to take the opportunity to get up to speed with expert advice from IOSH and the HSE on something that could have a deadly impact on their workforce.”

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.

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