Saudi Arabian hospital backs IOSH occupational cancer campaign

A hospital in Saudi Arabia has become one of the latest organisations to support a campaign to tackle occupational cancer.

27 August 2015

A hospital in Saudi Arabia has become one of the latest organisations to support a campaign to tackle occupational cancer.

The hospital, which has two existing sites and another one under construction in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, says it will do all it can to ensure staff work in a “safe and healthy environment”.

It joins dozens of other pledgers from across the world in supporting IOSH’s campaign.

In making a pledge, organisations promise to take a number of steps, including assessing whether work activities which form part of their business have the potential to cause occupational cancer and developing and delivering prevention strategies which reflect the risks of developing the disease in the workplace.

Mohammed Saleh Al Hammadi, Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, said: “We in Al Hammadi Hospital whole heartedly support the noble initiative taken by IOSH in spearheading and promoting awareness regarding workplace cancer worldwide.

“IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign focuses on a vital health and safety issue that affects the backbone of our organisation – the workforce. Protecting our employees against occupational health and safety risk, and in this case occupational cancer, is an obligation and a responsibility that should not be taken lightly.

“We hereby express our commitment in supporting this campaign and we will endeavour to provide a safe and healthy environment for our members as far as it is reasonably practicable.”

No Time to Lose is highlighting five of the common risk factors for occupational cancer registrations and deaths - diesel engine exhaust emissions, solar radiation, asbestos, silica dust and shift work.

An estimated 666,000 people die worldwide every year because of cancer they contracted while at work. This far outstrips the number who die because of workplace accidents.

The IOSH campaign aims to raise awareness of the issue and offer free practical materials to aid organisations in delivering effective prevention programmes.

More than 50 businesses have made a pledge to the campaign, and over 100 organisations  have endorsed the drive, which was launched at the Houses of Parliament in London, UK, late last year.

Jane White, Head of Research and Information Services at IOSH, said: “It is great to hear that Al Hammadi Hospital has made a pledge to No Time to Lose.

“Occupational cancer has a devastating impact on the families of sufferers. It is encouraging that so many organisations across the world are making a pledge to the campaign so they can make a difference.”

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