No Time to Lose campaign supporters showcase how they’re tackling work cancer

  Trumpet| News | 03 July 2017

Leading organisations who have committed to preventing occupational cancer presented strategies to manage carcinogenic exposures at IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign event (21 June) at The Crystal in London.

NTTL 200 – organisations working together to beat occupational cancer, was organised to mark the No Time to Lose campaign gaining 200 supporters worldwide, of which 100 have taken their support even further by pledging to prevent work cancer through designing and implementing new strategies.

Over 50 safety and health and communication professionals from supporting organisations attended the event, where they received an update on the campaign and suggestions about how to help spread the message and encourage the next wave of supporters to get involved.

Research suggests cancer caused by work claims at least 666,000 lives a year worldwide – one death every 47 seconds. In Britain alone, it is estimated that around 8,000 people die annually from this dreadful disease.

IOSH launched the No Time to Lose campaign in November 2014 to raise awareness of occupational cancer and help businesses take action by providing free practical resources.

Shelley Frost, IOSH Executive Director of Policy, said:

“The NTTL 200 event was an event of celebration and thanks to all of our 200 supporters and pledge signatories that have really followed us along our journey.

“They definitely had a great evening sharing their own experiences and journeys and how they’ve really helped influence and improve occupational health across their workforce and through their supply chains.

“Also, importantly, it’s really a focus on getting the next 200 supporters and pledgers, so we’ve shared our communications information and engaged the communications professionals to help us spread the word more widely across their networks.”

At the event, supporting organisations explained how they have been managing exposure to carcinogens such as diesel fumes, solar radiation and silica dust in the workplace.

Waste management company, MTS Cleansing Services Ltd, has put in place a range of initiatives to reduce diesel fumes exposure, said Keith Hole, Head of SHEQW at MTS:

Simon Toseland, SHEQ Director at Norse, a facilities management provider, explained how the company is managing solar radiation at work.Tim Walsh, Head of Media and Communications talking at a No Time to Lose presentation

Keith Morey, CDM Integration Manager, IP Signalling at Southern Network Rail, explained how Network Rail, operator of Britain’s railway infrastructure manages exposure to silica dust caused by ballast.

And the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s Victoria Knowles, Head of Public Relations, showcased how her organisation partnered up with IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign to help raise awareness of ultraviolet radiation at construction sites across the UK.

IOSH also presented two new video case studies explaining how Royal Mail Group in partnership with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) is tackling solar radiation exposure and how MTS Cleansing Services Ltd protects its employees from diesel fumes.

Finally, IOSH certificates were given to supporters recognising them as the first 200 organisations supporting the No Time to Lose campaign and leading the way in tackling work-related cancer.

Concluding the event, Shelley said that:

“In terms of the next steps, we’d really like our supporters and pledgers to spread the word by working with their communications team to get the message out, and we’d like to see more examples of organisations using the No Time to Lose campaign around the world.”

To find out more about the NTTL 200 – organisations working together to beat occupational cancer event – watch our film.

To get involved in the No Time to Lose campaign, visit www.notimetolose.org.uk.

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