NTTL at RoSPA Scotland Conference 2019

Scotland’s health and safety community heard how to prevent asbestos-related cancer at a high-profile conference on 1 May 2019.

The event was organised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and took place at the Double Tree by Hilton, in Edinburgh.

Mavis Nye (pictured below), President of the Mavis Nye Foundation, a charity that aims to inspire victims of mesothelioma, an asbestos-related terminal cancer, shared her story at the event.

She explained how she contracted mesothelioma through exposure to asbestos fibres whilst washing her husband’s clothes, when he was an apprentice in the Royal Naval Dockyard in Chatham in the 1950s.

Mavis said: “When I was told by the consultant that I had mesothelioma I didn’t have a clue what that meant and couldn’t say the word.

“I got home and googled it and it was all doom and gloom, so I thought right I have this cancer, I will write about it and provide better information for others, and have a positive attitude.

“This is how I still run the Mavis Nye Foundation today, with Mesowarriors on Facebook. No one must feel how I did, so lost and alone.”

Mavis is also an ambassador for the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) No Time to Lose (NTTL) campaign, which aims to raise awareness of occupational cancer and help businesses take action by providing free practical resources.

She presented NTTL and highlighted how this deadly carcinogen claims hundreds of thousands of lives a year worldwide, and in Britain alone, around 5,000 people die from it annually.

Mavis explained that these cancers are preventable and encouraged delegates to get involved in the campaign by downloading the free resources, signing up as a supporter, and pledging to prevent exposure to harmful substances.

“I have had a great response from IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign as I retweet and share on Facebook and LinkedIn. Everyone at IOSH has been so kind and we keep in close contact,” said Mavis.

RoSPA OHS Policy Adviser, Head of RoSPA Scotland and IOSH Past President Dr Karen McDonnell said: “The ‘ripple effect’ of asbestos exposure never stops, it stays with families and that’s why it’s so important that as a global health and safety community we work together.

“RoSPA is proud to support IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign, and we aim to spread the word by sharing the co-branded campaign resources with our members.

“As a No Time to Lose ambassador I will continue to communicate the message of prevention to my contacts too.”

To find out more about IOSH’s NTTL campaign and how you can get involved, visit this webpage.

Download the free NTTL Asbestos resources to help prevent asbestos exposure.