‘Tackling respirable crystalline silica together: a cross-industry commitment’ on World Cancer Day
World Cancer Day, 4 Feb 2017 aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, and encourages the world to take action.
According to Imperial College London research, around 800 people in Britain a year die from lung cancer caused by prolonged RCS exposure at work, with 900 new cases being diagnosed annually.
IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign aims to get carcinogenic exposure issues more widely understood and help businesses take action. The campaign is working 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
· offer free practical, original materials to businesses to help them deliver effective prevention programmes.
The Workplace Safety and Health Institute is pleased to collaborate in the “No Time to Lose” campaign and IOSH’s silica-related activities and in particular those related to this agreement. This includes research and other knowledge enhancing action and collaboration with global, Asian and ASEAN partners.
-Dr Jukka Takala, Senior Consultant of Workplace Safety and Health Institute