Medical training firm backs occupational cancer drive

8 August 2016

A medical training company has made a pledge to a campaign to tackle work-related cancer.

Triple L Training and Medical Ltd joins dozens of other organisations in backing the No Time to Lose campaign, run by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

In doing so it has agreed to explore whether any work activities could expose staff and clients to materials which could cause cancer and, if so, put measures in place to control that exposure.

Nick Luff, executive director and principal at Triple L, said they were “proud” to support the campaign.

Triple L is a family-run business based in Stanford-le-Hope in south-west Essex. It provides a variety of training courses, including some relating to first aid. It also supplies medical cover for events and businesses in its area.

He added: “We are in the health and safety sector and the private ambulance sector so ensuring our staff are protected is important to us and to our clients, as well as raising awareness to others.”

IOSH launched its No Time to Lose campaign in November 2014. It is raising awareness of the risks associated with exposure to cancer-causing agents in workplaces, such as silica dust, diesel engine exhaust emissions and solar radiation.

Research has linked thousands of cancer deaths with carcinogens found in the workplace. Almost 14,000 new cases of cancer caused by work are registered each year, and about 8,000 deaths a year are caused by occupational cancer in Britain.

As part of the campaign, IOSH has developed free resources to assist businesses in identifying the risks faced by employees and developing ways of managing those risks.

More than 80 organisations have made a pledge to the campaign, while over 150 have endorsed it.

IOSH President Dr Karen McDonnell said: “The No Time to Lose campaign continues to go from strength to strength and I am delighted that Triple L have become the latest organisation to support the drive.

“People should be able to expect they can go to work without being exposed to something which could severely harm their health.

“By working together with organisations – both pledge signatories and those who have endorsed the drive – we can raise awareness of occupational cancer and the controls which can be put in place to limit exposure to harmful carcinogens.”

For more information about the campaign visit www.notimetolose.org.uk