IOSH showcases new work cancer guidance at UK safety conference

The latest phase of IOSH’s No Time to Lose occupational cancer campaign is being highlighted at a major UK safety and health conference.

23 March 2016

Delegates attending The Health & Safety Event this week are finding out more about IOSH’s newly-launched guidance on tackling respirable crystalline silica (RCS) exposure in the workplace. 

Representatives on the institution’s exhibition stand have been answering delegates’ questions about No Time to Lose and also dealing with queries about IOSH training courses, membership and the new member publication IOSH Magazine.

Jasmeen Daji, IOSH’s campaigns communications co-ordinator for No Time to Lose, said: “We’ve had so many delegates coming up to the stand to enquire about the campaign, including professionals who are working at organisations including Renault Sports F1, Rolls-Royce and Unison.

“Everyone we have spoken to has been very interested in No Time to Lose and has wanted to know more about how they can get involved. They have also welcomed the focus on silica dust, what with it being a potential issue for workers across industry.”

The issue of silica dust was also discussed at the conference during a theatre session which involved IOSH vice-president Liz Skelton.

Liz was part of a panel of experts who ran the rule over a selection of innovative products and services on show at the event, as part of its Lions’ Lair theatre programme.

The sessions took inspiration from BBC TV show Dragons’ Den, with exhibitors pitching their products to the judges.

One of the two sessions that Liz helped to judge was won by TSI Instruments Ltd, after the company had pitched its Environmental DustTrak Aerosol Monitor to the panel.

Liz said: “It was a really tough choice but TSI Instruments really shone through for me because their product supports the No Time to Lose campaign so eminently.”

The Health & Safety Event is being held at The NEC in Birmingham between 22-24 March.

Silica dust is one of five common agents associated with work-related cancer registrations and deaths in the UK that IOSH is highlighting through its No Time to Lose campaign.

The initiative is also raising awareness of asbestos, diesel engine exhaust fumes, solar radiation and shift work, with IOSH offering guidance to help businesses take action.

Around 800 people in Britain a year die from lung cancer caused by prolonged exposure to silica dust at work, according to Imperial College London research, with 900 new cases being diagnosed annually.

IOSH brought experts from across UK industry around the table earlier this month at The Shard, in London, to discuss a more collaborative way of sharing good practice on tackling RCS exposure across sectors.

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