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There’s ‘No Time to Lose’ in the fight against occupational cancer

The No Time to Lose campaign aims to get carcinogenic exposure issues more widely understood and help businesses take action. It suggests solutions that can be transposed internationally and offers free practical, original materials to businesses to help deliver effective prevention programmes.

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Developed by official campaign partner the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in the United Kingdom, the campaign focuses on one of the most serious occupational health issues facing industry today — managing carcinogenic exposures at work.

This is also a key focus of the Healthy Workplaces Managing Dangerous Substances campaign, and IOSH links both campaigns in an effort to raise awareness of the risks related to dangerous substances. Across the EU, 1 in 5 workers faces an occupational cancer risk and global data indicates that some 742,000 people die from work-related cancers  every year[1].

The campaign is now supported by over 350 organisations and over 120 leading businesses, reaching more than half a million employees worldwide. Its focus is on major risk factors such as diesel engine exhaust emissions, asbestos, solar radiation and respirable crystalline silica.

To help businesses effectively manage carcinogenic exposures, the campaign has developed free practical tools covering diesel engine exhaust fumes, silica dust posters, silica fast fact infographics, visual standards of respiratory prevention measures, and more. IOSH has also created a website, that includes an ‘Ask the expert’ section providing answers on questions about work-related cancers or managing carcinogenic exposures.

You can find out more about the No Time to Lose campaign by reading the case study. Visit the website if you want to pledge to take action, support the campaign or spread the key messages of the campaign. Both the No Time to Lose and the Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaigns can be adapted internationally, and actions are transferable to other countries and sectors.

Another useful source on the topic is the Roadmap on carcinogens, an action scheme to boost tested and validated solutions towards innovative practices applied across Europe to fight against the risks related to carcinogens.

[1] Estimate of 742,000 global work-related cancer deaths annually: ‘Global Estimates of Occupational Accidents and Work-related Illnesses 2017’, Päivi Hämäläinen, Jukka Takala, and Tan Boon Kiat, Workplace Safety and Health Institute and Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Finland, 2017