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IOSH LAUNCHES SILICA PHASE OF HEALTH CAMPAIGN

‘No Time To Lose’ aims to reduce construction cancer burden

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has today, at the The Shard in London, launched the next phase of the No Time to Lose campaign to raise awareness of cancer caused by silica dust exposure at work.

Research suggests that in Britain nearly 800 people die annually from lung cancer caused by breathing in silica dust at work. In the European Union, the carcinogen is responsible for around 7,000 cases of lung cancer each year. Worldwide, it is  estimated that millions of employees are exposed to silica dust.

Silica dust is created when the ‘crystalline silica’ in materials such as stone, mortar or tiles is broken down and released. This happens during drilling, sawing, cutting and grinding or sanding the materials – or work on them in any way that disturbs the natural silica content.

Key stakeholders seek to raise awareness

To help tackle this significant IOSH is hosting a round table discussion to identify how key stakeholders can join together to raise awareness.

At the table will be representatives from industries such as construction, highways, quarries and rail which are most affected by the risk. There will also be key representatives from the regulator, academic institutions and professional bodies.

IOSH has launched free practical materials to help businesses take action. The website contains actsheets, posters, leaflets, case studies needed to engage and inform the workforce about this important topic.

 

 

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