IOSH campaign highlights ‘appetite for action’ against occupational cancer

Companies and workers are showing an “appetite for taking action” against occupational cancer, according to the world’s largest professional safety and health organisation.

2 February 2015

More than 70 organisations and companies have given their support to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH’s) No Time to Lose campaign in its first three months.

The Institution launched the campaign with the aim of raising awareness of work-related cancers and to offer businesses and other organisations help in taking preventative action.

The campaign has already been backed by the UK Government, Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Executive, as well as the Health and Safety Executive and the Office of Rail Regulation.

Cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support, Crossrail, Transport for London and property giant Land Securities are among those to have offered support, while around 30 other companies have also formally signed a pledge outlining their commitment to both the campaign and managing harmful exposures.

IOSH is calling on more businesses and organisations to make a pledge this week as a show of support to both No Time to Lose and World Cancer Day, on Wednesday 4 February.

Caroline Patel, Head of Campaigns at IOSH, said: “Household names including Jaguar Land Rover and Royal Mail Group, leading construction players such as Skanska and Laing O’Rourke, and contractors like Dribuild and HB Projects have all made a formal pledge to the campaign.

“We welcome their support – these forward-thinking, responsible businesses are really leading by example. We’d encourage other businesses to join this growing number.

“The pledge gives businesses an opportunity to get recognition for the work they’re doing and they can use the pledge in a very practical way too, as part of their in-house OSH or OH programme, building support around their action plan.”

No Time to Lose has also garnered support from outside the UK, including from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, American Society of Safety Engineers and Workplace Safety and Health Institute.

The campaign aims to shed light on occupational cancer, with a detailed focus on five key causes in the workplace – construction dust, diesel engine exhaust emissions, solar radiation, asbestos and shift work.

IOSH’s global network of members is already involved with the campaign.

Caroline said: “We’ve been really pleased to see our networks get engaged in No Time to Lose. There is a huge demand for sharing information about work-caused cancer, with nearly 40 expert speaker sessions already booked in and many branches and groups talking to us about what more they can do to get involved.

“Thousands of professionals have visited the campaign website to download or order the free resources, again showing broad interest in the issue and an appetite for taking action in a range of sectors, from energy to local government.”

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