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No time to lose in protecting your workers from occupational cancer risks

Posted by Altius on May 6, 2015 5:59:33 PM

 

Latest Met Office records show that April 2015 was the sunniest on record since Met Office records began in 1929 - with the UK clocking up an average 212 hours of sunshine during the month.

But the sun does have a downside. In Britain, five people a day are diagnosed with a work–related skin cancer. Sixty people every year die from skin cancer caused by working in the sun.

IOSH has launched the No Time to Lose campaign, which aims to get carcinogenic exposure issues more widely understood and help businesses take action. The campaign is raising awareness of all types of cancer risk in the workplace, including the best known carcinogen - and the biggest killer - asbestos.

The IOSH campaign site offers lots of practical advice and materials to help businesses raise awareness among their workforce and deliver effective prevention programmes.

What steps are you taking to protect your workers from occupational cancer risks. What about those workers who are working outside for long durations and may be exposed to the sun? Are your risk assessments considering all the dangers?

Further information: www.notimetolose.org.uk

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