The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has launched a new guide on tackling respirable crystalline silica (RCS) exposure in the workplace.
It is the latest phase of its No Time to Lose occupational cancer campaign. During a major conference, the organisation answered questions about the campaign.
Jasmeen Daji, IOSH’s campaigns communications co-ordinator for No Time to Lose, says the response has been massive. People not only want to know more about the effects of
silica dust, but how they can get involved in the campaign, she adds.
Silica dust was also the topic of discussion during a conference theatre session, which involved IOSH vice-president Liz Skelton as a judge on a Dragon’s Den-style pitch session.
Exhibitors pitched their products to the judges, with Liz helping to choose TSI Instruments Ltd as a winner, after it pitched its Environmental DustTrak Aerosol Monitor.
The campaign highlights silica dust, along side four other common agents, as being a major cause of work-related cancer in the UK.
As well as silica, it focuses on asbestos, diesel engine exhaust fumes, solar radiation and shift work.
Every year, around 800 people die from lung cancer caused by exposure to silica dust, according to Imperial College London research. Another 900 new cases are diagnosed annually.
Date Published: April 16, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown