Global backing for No Time to Lose campaign

IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign has been welcomed by occupational safety and health organisations from around the world.

1 December 2014

The campaign has been backed by more than 10 overseas organisations, including the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the New Zealand Occupational Hygiene Society and the Workplace Safety and Health Institute.

Also, a growing list of businesses, across a variety of sectors, have signed a pledge demonstrating their commitment to controlling carcinogenic exposures in their workplaces, as part of the No Time to Lose campaign. New signatories include Jaguar Land Rover, Morgan Sindall, Environmental Essentials, and Uplands Construction.

Cancer caused by work claims the lives of 666,000 people a year worldwide – one death every 47 seconds. Since the campaign was launched last month, more than 46,000 people will have lost their lives to cancer caused by a workplace carcinogen. No Time to Lose aims to get the causes of occupational cancer more widely understood and help businesses take action. 

IOSH Chief Executive Jan Chmiel said: “Occupational cancer is a hidden blight, and in our role with 44,000 members worldwide, we have access and knowledge to drive change. But it’s only through collaboration that we are able to drive it forward and make it successful. I’m really encouraged by how many institutions and businesses have got involved, and this is just the start – we can go a lot further.”

American Society of Safety Engineers Executive Director Fred Fortman stated: “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.

“IOSH and ASSE 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.”

Learn more about the campaign, find out how you can get involved, and download free practical resources.

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