IOSH joins forces with Cancer Council Australia

The reach and impact of IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign is extending further as Cancer Council Australia develops new co-branded pocket card focusing on silica dust.

The cards will be made available to organisations and individuals across Australia, providing information on managing exposure to the dust, which can cause terminal cancer.

Last month it was revealed that an increase in the number of Australian people renovating their homes means more people are being exposed to silica, from stone benchtops.

An article in The Guardian quoted Cancer Council Australia saying that 587,000 Australians were exposed to silica at work in 2011 – and that an estimated 5,758 of them will develop lung cancer during their lives.

It is hoped the partnership between IOSH and the Cancer Council will raise awareness of the risks and encourage people to protect themselves.

Silica dust is created when the ‘crystalline silica’ in materials such as stone, mortar or tiles is broken down and released. It happens when you drill, saw, cut, grind or sand the products – or work on them in any way that disturbs the natural silica content.

The partnership with the Cancer Council comes as IOSH is also working with the National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA) Foundation to distribute No Time to Lose resources throughout its network.

NSCA held a webinar in August on managing asbestos, during which IOSH’s Head of Advice and Practice Duncan Spencer gave a presentation on No Time to Lose.

You can watch the webinar on YouTube or below.

And No Time to Lose featured during the NSCA’s annual safety conference, held from 28-29 August as part of the SAFETYconnect 2019 expo in Melbourne. IOSH’s President Professor Vincent Ho addressed delegates, highlighting the campaign and resources.

  • Catch the latest on No Time to Lose at IOSH 2019, where there will be a session on day two. It will be chaired by IOSH President Professor Vincent Ho with speakers being Mavis Nye, a mesothelioma patient and founder of the Mavis Nye Foundation, Dr Diana Gagliardi, Secretary of the Scientific Committee on Occupational Health and Development, and Simon Butt-Bethlendy, IOSH’s PR Manager.