World Cancer Day – Working together to beat occupational cancer
The Building Safety Group is backing the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) global campaign to tackle occupational cancer – ‘No Time to Lose’, on World Cancer Day (04 February 2020).
Worldwide, work-related cancer claims at least 742,000 lives a year – that’s more than one death a minute. These cancers are caused by exposure to carcinogens including asbestos, silica dust, solar radiation and diesel engine exhaust emissions.
No Time to Lose 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 employees
- Offer businesses free practical, original materials to help them deliver effective prevention programmes
- Secure commitments from organisations to improve preventative measures.
World Cancer Day is organised by the Union for International Cancer Control and takes a positive, proactive approach to the fight against cancer, and brings together countries across the globe to mark the day with events and activities. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the day and is themed ‘I Am and I Will’, which is all about you and your commitment to act.
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