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IOSH No Time to Lose campaign: Working together to tackle asbestos-related cancer

Posted on April 9th, 2018, written by David Lacey

Asbestos is the biggest occupational cancer killer, claiming over 100,000 lives a year worldwide. IOSH is launching on 09 April to prevent asbestos-related cancer.

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Asbestos is the biggest occupational cancer killer, claiming at least 107,000 lives a year worldwide. In Britain alone around 5,000 people die from work-related asbestos exposure.

The risk from asbestos is considered to be so serious that 62 countries, including the UK and those in the European Union, have banned its use and have specific laws to protect workers and others who may be exposed to it.

However, asbestos is still used and imported into many countries, and there are still many thousands of tonnes of asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in buildings, and in industrial plant and equipment, all over the world. Workers could be at risk from breathing in asbestos fibres.

The world’s Chartered body for safety and health professionals – The Institution of Occupational and Safety Health (IOSH) – will be launching the asbestos phase of its No Time to Lose campaign on 09 April 2018.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of occupational cancer contracted by exposure to asbestos and help businesses take action by providing free practical materials.

To find out more and to get involved visit www.notimetolose.org.uk.

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