Call to eliminate occupational cancer –
why the construction sector is crucial
Press release: 14th October 2015
A new paper calling for European and international collaboration to eliminate occupational cancer has important implications for the construction industry, as the sector with the largest number of occupational cancer cases, the majority of which are caused by breathing in carcinogenic substances.
The appeal for a more ambitious target for occupational cancer has been backed by BOHS and the Chartered Society for worker health protection says the construction industry has a crucial role to play in this regard, as illustrated by the following statistics.
The call to eliminate occupational cancer was made in a new working paper entitled Eliminating Occupational Cancer in Europe and Globally, written by Professor Jukka Takala, former Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and published by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).
The new working paper makes the following key points.
Commenting on the issue, Dr Adrian Hirst, President of BOHS said, “This working paper resonates deeply with the aims of our Breathe Freely campaign, given that the construction sector has the largest number of occupational cancer cases, the majority of which are caused by workers breathing in carcinogenic substances. “
He added, “BOHS fully supports this important call for a more ambitious target with regard to occupational cancer. We also agree that with today’s solutions, as set out in our Breathe Freely initiative, most or all of occupational cancer deaths and lost years of life can be eliminated. The Breathe Freely campaign resources offer a wealth of practical evidence-based policies and practices which have been shown to produce results in tackling occupational cancer and these can and should be implemented by means of Europe-wide and international collaboration. ”
Eliminating Occupational Cancer in Europe and Globally can be accessed at
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