IOSH promotes occupational cancers at Balkans conference
Awareness of occupational cancers and IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign has been raised in the Balkans.
1 December 2015
The region’s safety and health professionals had the opportunity to learn more about the issue, and IOSH’s work to highlight it, at the inaugural conference of the Balkan Occupational Safety and Health Network, known as BALCanOSHnet.
The network was set up in May 2015 and was supported by the Institution and its New Accession Countries Working Party (NAC).
NAC Chair Malcolm McIntyre attended the OSH BON-TON conference – held recently in Ohrid, Macedonia, and hosted by the Macedonian Occupational Safety and Health Association (MOSHA) – where he addressed delegates about No Time to Lose.
Conference delegates were so interested in the campaign that it has already been added to the programme for the network’s conference in 2016, Malcolm said.
He added: “There is an awareness of occupational cancers among the safety and health community in the Balkans but there are gaps. The risks posed by silica dust, for example, were less known about.
“I was amazed by the level of interest that the campaign received at the conference and I’m sure No Time to Lose will help safety and health professionals to highlight the issue to businesses and workers across the Balkans region.”
IOSH’s Senior Policy and Research Advisor, Jill Joyce, also attended the conference to present on the topic of preventing occupational cancers and supporting workers in returning to work following cancer treatment.
Contact Tim Walsh, IOSH Media Manager