IOSH No Time to Lose supports HSE’s Dustbuster campaign

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) No Time to Lose campaign is supporting the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Dustbuster campaign.

Dustbuster launches today (17 June 2019) and will run until 12 July 2019. It aims to find out what measures have been put in place to protect workers’ lungs from the likes of asbestos and silica.

According to the HSE, every year in Britain, work-related asbestos exposure kills at least 5,000 people and silica dust claims around 800 lives.

During the campaign, inspectors will be visiting businesses across the UK, in particular in industries such as construction, woodworking and food manufacturing where occupational lung diseases, including in some cases occupational cancers, are more common.

The Dustbuster campaign is closely aligned with the No Time to Lose campaign, which aims to raise awareness of occupational cancer risks and help businesses take action by providing free practical resources.

No Time to Lose has been highlighting dangerous work-related carcinogens such as asbestos and silica dust worldwide. The campaign is supported by 350 organisations globally, including the HSE. Many businesses have also taken their support a step further by pledging to take action, most recently Co-op property.

Malcolm Shiels, Chair of IOSH’s Construction Group, said:

“Both No Time to Lose and Dustbuster contribute to increasing knowledge about the causes of occupational cancer and offer resources to help organisations and businesses to take action to reduce workplace exposure.

 “Whether you’re an employer or employee, industry body or policy-maker, safety and health professional or occupational hygienist, we all have a part to play if we want to call time on work-caused cancers.

 “Thousands of people die from work-related lung diseases every year, in many cases due to exposures that took place many years before. In the working environment – as managers or workers – we all have the power do something about this. Get involved by reading the free materials and asking what your workplace is doing or is prepared to do to tackle occupational cancers.

 “Also consider joining the growing number of businesses leading on this issue and sign up to the No Time to Lose pledge and show your support for the latest HSE Dustbuster inspection campaign.”

To find out more about the HSE Dustbuster campaign, go to http://campaigns.hse.gov.uk/hgbww/resources/dustbusters/ 

To download the IOSH No Time to Lose campaign’s asbestos and silica dust packs, visit the resource library. For more information on how to get involved as a supporter or pledge signatory, visit this webpage.