Political support grows for IOSH occupational cancers campaign

Politicians and health experts who raise awareness of skin-related issues at Parliament have added their backing to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) No Time to Lose campaign.

11 September 2015

Members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin (APPG) have endorsed IOSH’s efforts to highlight through the campaign the link between solar radiation exposure and work-related cancer registrations and deaths.

It is the latest All-Party Group to give No Time to Lose its support, following similar endorsement of the campaign by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health.

Both APPGs join the ever-increasing number of No Time to Lose supporters which includes businesses, professional bodies, regulators and Governments from across the world.

All have given their support to help raise awareness and reduce exposure to cancer-causing agents at work.

Through its endorsement, the APPG on Skin strongly urged “all employers with an at risk workforce to make use of the IOSH’s informative educational tools” on solar radiation, a common cause of occupational cancer.

The group also argued that “through informed, cost efficient and responsible decision making we can make the UK a safer place to work”.

That support follows similar calls from the APPG on Occupational Safety and Health, which warned that “occupational cancers are, by far, the biggest workplace killers, but are frequently ignored, despite the fact that they are often easily preventable.”

Richard Jones, IOSH’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs, said: “It is fantastic news that APPGs are joining the mounting chorus of organisations, including businesses, politicians and regulators, in supporting action on preventing occupational cancers.

“With their help we can all tackle these entirely preventable deaths, with the aim of making work-related cancer a thing of the past.”

No Time to Lose is raising awareness and offering practical advice to help businesses protect their workers from occupational cancer, with a specific focus on five common work-related risk factors - diesel engine exhaust emissions, solar radiation, asbestos, silica dust and shift work.

It’s estimated that across the world 666,000 people die each year from work-related cancers.

In the EU, one in five workers faces an occupational cancer risk, while in Great Britain some 14,000 new cases are registered each year and around 8,000 people die as a result of a cancer linked to their work.

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