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1679 The global drive to tackle occupational cancer
  1. S Frost
  1. Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)


Introduction This session focuses on the impact of a far-reaching campaign to tackle work-related exposures to carcinogens – and examines what now needs to be done to cut instances of occupational cancer.

Methods Launched by IOSH in 2014, No Time to Lose has raised awareness and understanding of work-related exposure to carcinogens, and helped organisations take action. The campaign has offered free, practical materials for businesses to deliver effective prevention programmes for solar radiation, diesel exhaust emissions and silica dust.

To maximise its impact, IOSH has encouraged organisations to sign the campaign pledge, outlining what they will undertake to manage carcinogenic exposures.

Results Since its launch, the campaign has reached more than 66 million people worldwide through media coverage. More than 200 organisations have formally supported it, with another 100-plus businesses signing up to the pledge. The campaign website has had 2 07 000 visits, with the free resources downloaded 71 000 times.

No Time to Lose has been presented at 139 events around the world, in countries including Bulgaria, Cyprus, Egypt and Ireland.

And in November 2016, IOSH, industry leaders, academics and safety and health experts agreed ‘Tackling respirable crystalline silica together: a cross-industry commitment’, a cross-sector plan of action to reduce exposures to this hazardous substance.

Discussion No Time to Lose has raised awareness and understanding of occupational cancer, but carcinogenic exposure remains a widespread threat – an estimated 7 42 000 people die annually from occupational cancer, according to research findings published in 2017.

There are barriers to progress, such as the long latency period between the disease’s contraction and symptoms, and attitudinal issues prevalent in male-dominated industries.

This session will be a platform for discussing a global, cross-sector approach to tackling occupational cancer, and explore what delegates can do to promote awareness and help manage its risks among their communities and networks.

  • IOSH
  • occupational cancer
  • carcinogens

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