Jackson has signed up to IOSH’s 'No Time to Lose' campaign which aims to get carcinogenic exposure issues more widely understood and help businesses take action.
Work related cancer kills 666,000 people a year worldwide. In the UK alone, almost 14,000 new cases of cancer are registered a year – 4,000 because of asbestos, and 10,000 linked to exposures from silica dust and diesel fumes. Millions of men and women, from plumbers to road workers, risk getting lung, skin or bladder cancer because of what they do for a living, and thousands will die as a result.
By pledging our support to the campaign, we’re committing to a 6 step plan which will help us identify and manage carcinogenic exposures within our workplace. The steps include:
- Assessing whether our work activities have the potential to cause occupational cancer.
- Developing and delivering a prevention strategy that reflects the risks of developing occupational cancer in our workplace.
- Ensuring our managers understand relevant occupational cancer risks and manage them proactively.
- Ensuring our employees use preventative measures properly and consistently, and check that these measures are working
- Demand the same standards of our supply chain as we do of ourselves.
- Feed back our efforts and best practice to the IOSH campaign.
An assessment of working activities across our company is currently underway to identify any potential causes of occupational cancer. Results of this assessment, along with our prevention strategy will be published here by the end of October, so be sure to check back soon to see the results.