Spotlight on construction industry’s cancer risks

The cancer risks posed to workers in the construction industry are to be discussed by safety and health professionals in Hertfordshire.

9 February 2015

About 3,700 occupational cancer cases are estimated to arise each year as a result of past exposures to carcinogens through working in construction.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) wants to raise awareness of work-related cancers and is offering businesses and other organisations help in taking preventative action through its No Time to Lose campaign.

Members of the IOSH Chiltern Branch are due to talk about the campaign and occupational cancer in the construction industry when it meets in Markyate on Thursday 19 February.

Branch chair Andy Forbes said: “There is a lack of awareness in general when it comes to the health aspect of safety and health.
“Over 4,000 people die from exposure to asbestos each year and yet you rarely hear about it. People can, and do, develop cancer as a result of the jobs that they do.

“Through this event we want to raise awareness of occupational cancer and IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign and to help professionals to spread the word.”

The branch meeting is due to be held at the Holiday Inn, in London Road, between 2pm and 5pm. The free event is open to IOSH members and non-members, as well as anybody working in the construction or maintenance industries.

Construction dust is one of the five top causes of occupational cancer that the No Time to Lose campaign is seeking to raise awareness of. The others are diesel engine exhaust emissions, solar radiation, asbestos and shift work.

IOSH and the Construction Dust Partnership (CDP) has also carried out a survey in the construction sector on the issue of dust and the risks it poses to workers’ health. To read the findings in full, visit

Contact Tim Walsh, IOSH Media Manager
+44 (0)116 257 3252
+44 (0)797 660 4715