Occupational cancer drive highlighted at Ireland’s Royal College of Surgeons

Healthy Workplaces

Louise Hosking, IOSH Vice-President, spoke at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin about the objectives of ‘No Time to Lose’, IOSH’s campaign to beat occupational cancer, and how it is helping to save lives.

The talk took place during European Week for Safety and Health at Work (22 – 28 October), which aims to raise awareness of the importance of active, participative workplace safety and health management across Europe.

IOSH and the Health and Safety Authority are collaborating to support the EU-OSHA Safety week campaign, 2018-19, titled ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances’.

Louise Hosking said:

“Occupational cancer claims at least 742,000 lives a year globally – that’s one death every 43 seconds. However, these cancers are all preventable.

“Since launching ‘No Time to Lose’ in November 2014, over 250 organisations across 33 countries are supporting the campaign and have raised awareness of work cancer. More than 100 leading businesses worldwide have signed up to the pledge to tackle occupational cancer risks in their workplace.

“We would like to encourage even more organisations to make a pledge which outlines their strategy for protecting their workers and those in their supply chains from harmful exposures – there really is ‘No Time to Lose’.”

Louise Hosking for IOSH at Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 

Read more about IOSH’s support for the Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign 

Find out more about IOSH’s ‘No Time to Lose’ campaign