No Time to Lose Diesel presented at UN agency in Switzerland

IOSH Vice-President and No Time to Lose campaign Ambassador Dr David Gold presented the diesel phase of IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland on 10 December.

The event marked 100 years since the foundation of the ILO, the only tripartite of the UN agency to bring together governments, employers, and workers from 187 member States.  The ILO sets worldwide standards and develops policies within occupational health.

The conference, which was free to attend, welcomed both IOSH members and non-members to open advocacy for the No Time to Lose campaign which is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

The past five years have seen the campaign go from strength to strength calling for action from businesses internationally to prevent occupational cancer caused by asbestos, silica dust, solar radiation and diesel engine exhaust emissions.

Dr David Gold, Vice-President of IOSH described the No Time to Lose campaign as “A powerful advocacy programme”. Stating that the presentation on diesel engine exhaust emissions provided participants with information on a “very important carcinogen that can cause lung cancer, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease”.

The event combined a look at high level strategy lead by ILO representatives, with a practical approach shown in ‘No Time to Lose’ and discussions focusing on the challenges in global occupational health.

As part of the event, attendees were given a tour of the ILO headquarters to which one visitor stated: “Entering the ILO building, I just felt (in) awe.”

From debating rooms to communal areas showcasing gifts from around the world, the day was described as a fascinating insight into the history of the organisation “from the end of the first world war, through the Great Depression, to challenges of today including our area of interest: global occupational health.

Attendees were so in ‘awe’ by the education and value IOSH provided via the No Time to Lose campaign that over half of the non-members present have decided to become members.

IOSH Swiss Network Chair, Alison Hinde called the news ‘wonderful’, stating:

“IOSH Swiss Network is approaching its second year. We welcome both members and non-members to our events and were delighted to see many new faces at the ILO. In particular, we had three representatives from Suva, the organisation with responsibility for OHS incident prevention, insurance and rehabilitation in the workplace in Switzerland.”

“We can’t think of a more apt way of celebrating five years of No Time to Lose than by making the world of occupational health that bit safer. To all new members, Welcome.”

To find out more on how to prevent diesel engine exhaust emissions at work, download the No Time to Lose campaign’s diesel pack.