More pledgers sign up to occupational cancer campaign

02 February 2018

Organisations in Montenegro and Trinidad, as well as a UK fire and rescue service, are among the latest pledgers to IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign.

Awareness of occupational cancers is being raised through IOSH's No Time to Lose campaign

Ahead of World Cancer Day, which takes place on Sunday 4 February, IOSH has detailed three more organisations which have made a pledge to the successful drive to tackle work-related cancer.

They take the number of pledgers to 106, with the number of supporters having surpassed 240.

Kalamper, based in Montenegro, has operations in tourism, catering, petroleum products, real estate, construction and transport.

Its co-founder, Elvir Kalamperovic, said:

“Kalamper Ltd actively spreads the IOSH message to our employers and to our sub-contractors.

“We are doing all we can to improve the health and wellbeing of all those who work in our industry. Raising awareness of occupational cancer will make the construction industry healthier.”

HHSL is a training consultancy based in Trinidad, specialising in the offshore industry. Its managing director, Captain H Anthony Vieira, said:

“We believe we are an ideal medium to raise awareness about the campaign and work-related cancers, due to the large numbers of people we engage.

“We hope that clients and delegates will use this vital information available to them to assess their own organisation and processes, and that they will implement stringent action plans with the applicable controls to reduce the associated risks.”

Essex Fire and Rescue Service has made a pledge to the campaign. Dave Bill, director of prevention, protection and response at the service, said:

“As our employees continue to extend their working life, we know it is more important than ever to support healthy ageing and a sustainable workforce.

“It is both our legal and moral obligation to educate and train our staff in the risks associated with exposure to known and unknown carcinogens, particularly in the context of an emergency incident environment.”

World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.

Currently, 8.8 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 742,000 die from an occupational cancer.

Help tackle occupational cancer on World Cancer Day by signing up to our pledge and downloading the free resources from the No Time to Lose campaign website.

Notes for editors

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is the world’s leading chartered professional body for people responsible for safety and health in the workplace. We have more than 47,000 members in about 130 countries.

We act as a champion, adviser, advocate and trainer for safety and health professionals working in organisations of all sizes. Our focus is to support our members in their efforts to create workplaces that are safer, healthier and more sustainable.

Our shared objective is a world where work is safe and healthy for every working person, every day. Through our 2017-2022 strategy, ‘WORK 2022 – shaping the future of safety and health’, we will seek to enhance the occupational safety and health profession, build strategic collaborative partnerships across industry and strengthen our influence globally through impactful research and development.

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