MSPs hear about occupational cancer campaign success

Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) heard how a campaign to tackle occupational cancer is gathering pace.

12 March 2015

The Cross Party Group on Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness heard about the No Time to Lose initiative when it met at Holyrood in Edinburgh.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is calling on governments, businesses, regulators and professionals to work together to tackle the risks posed to workers by dangerous occupational carcinogens.

Dr Karen McDonnell, President Elect of IOSH, spoke at the group meeting. She called on more firms in Scotland to sign up to the campaign and help cut the alarming death rates from work-related cancer.

She said: “Partnership working is fundamental to the success of our campaign. IOSH is seeking to work together with stakeholders across Scotland to reduce the number of cases of cancer caused by work.”

In Great Britain around 8,000 deaths a year are caused by occupational cancer, and it’s estimated that at least 666,000 people worldwide die every year from cancer caused by carcinogenic exposures in the workplace. These include asbestos, silica dust, diesel engine exhaust emissions and solar radiation.

The campaign, which launched late last year, has been supported by large scale organisations, including car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover and the Royal Mail Group, as well as much smaller firms.

The meeting, held on Wednesday 11 March, was convened by Clare Adamson, MSP for Central Scotland. Its focus was occupational safety. The Cross Party Group is made up of MSPs from all parties, outside organisations and members of the public.

There were also presentations by IOSH Scotland Chair Jim Tassell, Professor Andrew Watterson of Stirling University, and Michael Cross, HSE Director Scotland and Northern England.

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