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Work-Related Cancer Campaign Continues to Gains Momentum

A campaign to tackle the issue of work-related cancer continues to gain strength, with new companies pledging to support the campaign.

The No Time to Lose campaign, run by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), launched in November 2014 to raise awareness of the risks associated with exposure to cancer-causing agents in workplaces, such as silica dust, diesel engine exhaust emissions and solar radiation.

Research has linked thousands of cancer deaths with carcinogens found in the workplace. Almost 14,000 new cases of cancer caused by work are registered each year, and about 8,000 deaths a year are caused by occupational cancer in Britain

In supporting the campaign, companies agree to explore whether any work activities could expose staff and clients to materials which could cause cancer and, if so, put measures in place to control that exposure.

More than 80 organisations have made a pledge to the campaign, while over 150 have endorsed it.

“People should be able to expect they can go to work without being exposed to something which could severely harm their health,” commented IOSH President Dr Karen McDonnell. “By working together with organisations – both pledge signatories and those who have endorsed the drive – we can raise awareness of occupational cancer and the controls which can be put in place to limit exposure to harmful carcinogens.”

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