A new drive has been launched to raise awareness of cancer caused by silica dust exposure in the workplace.
The presentation focusing on the issue has been developed through a joint initiative involving the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).
It is now set to be shared with IOSH members with the first presentation scheduled to be hosted by its Midland branch on June 2.
Mohammed Basharat, who chairs the branch, says the talk will help highlight a vital occupational health issue.
‘Everyone has role to play’
It is thought that prolonged exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) at work causes about 800 deaths from lung cancer a year in the UK. Around 900 new cases a year are diagnosed in Britain and globally millions of people are exposed to RCS while working.
The IOSH’s executive director of policy, Shelley Frost, says the presentation is the result of “joined-up thinking”, which it is hoped will help shape management practices and prevent RCS exposure.
Everyone, she adds, has a part to play if occupational cancer is to be eliminated – from employees, employers and industry organisations to occupational hygienists and safety and health professionals.
The talk covers the health risks linked to silica dust and includes guidance about controlling workers’ exposure to it.
Date Published: June 4, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown