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No time to lose to cut work cancer deaths

NHBC is supporting an industry-wide campaign called 'No Time to Lose', organised by IOSH, which works to cut the number of deaths from occupational cancer.

According to conservative estimates, around 8,000 people die from cancer and around 14,000 contract the disease each year in the UK because of exposure to a work-related carcinogen, such as diesel exhaust fumes, silica dust or asbestos fibres. Worldwide, occupational cancer claims the lives of more than 666,000 a year - one death every 47 seconds.

The figures far outstrip those for fatal incidents in the workplace, but the invisibility of carcinogens, the long latency of their effects and a lack of knowledge continue to produce this staggeringly high number of preventable deaths and cancer registrations.

Please have a look at our previous article Feature on health: risks of dust which contains best practice guidance on how you can manage the risks of dust exposure on site.

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