IOSH's high profile “No Time to Lose” campaign which seeks to tackle work-related cancers, has now managed to attract pledges of support from 100 leading organisations.
Launched back in November 2014, the campaign aims to get carcinogenic exposure issues more widely understood and help businesses take action. So far it has worked to:
- raise awareness of a significant health issue facing workers in the UK and internationally;
- suggest some solutions on a UK scale to tackle the problem – a national model that can be transposed internationally; and
- offer free practical, original materials to businesses to help them deliver effective prevention programmes.
IOSH Executive Director of Policy, Shelley Frost, commented: “It's estimated that cancer related to work causes about 666,000 deaths a year worldwide, and the biggest killer is asbestos. So it's good timing, during Global Asbestos Awareness Week this week, that we can announce our 100th pledger for No Time to Lose. Through the efforts of these outstanding businesses, almost half-a-million employees are now aware of carcinogens such as asbestos, diesel fumes, silica dust and solar radiation. It's fantastic to see support for our campaign growing day by day, but there's still more that needs to be done. Next year we'll be launching free resources to help businesses worldwide raise awareness of, and manage, the risks of exposure to asbestos. We believe by working together, we can beat occupational cancer.”
Companies who have pledged their support to the campaign include, VS Rail, National Federation of Roofing Contractors, McLaren Construction Ltd, Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd and Mapeley Estates Limited.
IOSH President Graham Parker, who is Head of Health and Safety at Mapeley Estates Limited, added: “Occupational cancer is preventable and it's excellent to see so many companies pledging to demonstrate their commitment. Mapeley Estates Limited is proud to support No Time to Lose, which has helped us to develop management controls and systems.”
More information on IOSH's No Time to Lose Campaign, can be found on their dedicated website, www.notimetolose.co.uk.