No Time to Lose

5 March 2015

IOSH Yorkshire branch hosted the ‘No Time to Lose’ campaign presented by Phil Bates, Senior Policy and Technical Adviser at IOSH.

This Campaign aims to raise awareness of the causes of occupational cancer in many industries.

All too often a worker has been either killed or seriously injured at work, however, the biggest cause of work-related deaths is not falls from height, or accidents involving machinery. It is Occupational Cancer.

No Time to Lose is an occupational cancer campaign calling on the Government and businesses nationwide to take a stand against work-related cancer, which kills a staggering 666,000 people a year worldwide. Occupational cancer is avoidable and we want to help prevent families suffering the heartbreak of losing loved ones to this terrible disease.

 No Time to Lose - Yorkshire branch presntation 2015

This free event hosted by the Yorkshire Branch of IOSH on 12 February 2015 welcomed members and other interested parties alike and introduced and encouraged attendees to be involved in promoting awareness of Occupational Cancer. IOSH’s Yorkshire Branch Chairman, Ian Hasioszyn said:

“I am delighted that 85 people gave up their time to learn about workplace cancer and its causes, the IOSH campaign, and how businesses might lend their support to it”.

The number who attended on the day will start to spread the message about how important the issue of occupational cancer is using the No Time to Lose campaign’s materials.

IOSH launched the No Time to Lose campaign in 2014 after research revealed that across the globe one person dies every 47 seconds from occupational cancer. The campaign has a detailed focus on five key causes of workplace cancer – silica dust, diesel engine exhaust emissions, solar radiation, asbestos and shift work.

The Campaign has already gathered support from dozens of firms and organisations from large multinationals to small and medium sized enterprises. They include car manufacturers Jaguar Land Rover, construction giants Laing O’Rourke, and Transport for London. 30 other organisations have so far signed a pledge, outlining their commitment to both the campaign and managing harmful exposures.

There is no time to lose when trying to avoid losing your life as a result of your work. We encourage attendees to the event, browsers of the Branch Webpages and all IOSH members to get behind this campaign.