The American Society of Safety Professionals

We applaud IOSH for undertaking this very important campaign to advance awareness of occupational cancers – an affliction that takes the lives of too many who went to work so that they and their families may live.

Cancers and other occupational illnesses kill an estimated 2.02 million workers worldwide every year, six times more than lost to industrial accidents. It is estimated that 20,000 cancer deaths in the United States are attributable to workplace conditions, with nearly 40,000 new cases each year. This comes at a catastrophic cost to families, employers and the economy.

IOSH and ASSP recognise that prevention and the assessment and management of health risks is significantly less costly than doing nothing. Health, not just safety, must be managed at the workplace.

All employers should strive for sustainable, healthy workplaces and see that a prevention culture is adopted across all areas of work – and not just for direct employees, but also for all temporary, contingent and contract workers under their purview.

Fred Fortman
Executive Director