Campaign to highlight occupational cancer risks on Isle of Man

A campaign to prevent people from being exposed to cancer risks while at work is to be highlighted to safety and health professionals on the Isle of Man.

08 April 2015

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is seeking to cast a spotlight on work cancers through its No Time to Lose campaign, and to help businesses and other organisations identify and overcome risks to employees.

Around 8,000 people die from cancer and roughly 14,000 contract the disease each year in the UK because of exposure to a work-related carcinogen, such as diesel exhaust fumes, solar radiation, silica dust or asbestos fibres.

IOSH’s Isle of Man Branch will hear more about the campaign when it meets at the Keyll Darree Education and Training Centre, at Nobles Hospital, Douglas, on Wednesday 15 April between 2pm and 3.30pm.

Guest speaker at the free event will be Phil Bates, a senior policy and technical adviser at IOSH who has previously worked in frontline biomedical research.

Phil said: “Asbestos is the best known work-related carcinogen and the biggest killer, but well over 50 substances are listed as known or probably causes of workplace cancer.

Through No Time to Lose we want to raise awareness and offer practical support to businesses to help them tackle this significant occupational health issue.”

IOSH Isle of Man Branch chair Tony Quayle said: “Cancer caused by what people do at work is nothing new. Through this event we want to provide an understanding of current thinking in respect to occupational cancer and the challenge for safety and health professionals, and how the No Time to Lose campaign can help businesses to take action.“

The meeting is open to IOSH members and non-members, as well as anybody with an interest in safety and health.

The branch will also hold its AGM as part of proceedings, offering IOSH members the chance to get involved in shaping the future of the branch on the island.