The grim reality of around 100,000 deaths in Europe every year caused by work-related cancer presents an enormous challenge – a challenge that is recognised in the new EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work and in EU-OSHA’s programme of work.
Our forthcoming report on exposure to carcinogens and work-related cancer highlights the importance of effective regulation in this area; of carrying out further research on the nature and extent of the problem and of raising awareness around the issue.
The No Time to Lose campaign that IOSH is running is an excellent example of how awareness can be raised with a targeted and effective approach. I wholeheartedly support this initiative and look forward to helping take the message to as wide an audience as possible.
Dr Christa Sedlatschek
Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work