A fire and rescue service is among organisations that have pledged to tackle work related cancer.
Essex Fire and Rescue Service is taking part in the No Time to Lose campaign launched by IOSH, the chartered body for health and safety professionals, in support of World Cancer Day on February 4th.
Dave Bill, director of prevention, protection and response at the service, said: “As our employees continue to extend their working life, we know it is more important than ever to support healthy ageing and a sustainable workforce.
“It is both our legal and moral obligation to educate and train our staff in the risks associated with exposure to known and unknown carcinogens, particularly in the context of an emergency incident environment.”
Organisations in Montenegro and Trinidad also signed up in support of the campaign.
Kalamper, based in Montenegro, has operations in tourism, catering, petroleum products, real estate, construction and transport.
Elvir Kalamperovic, co-founder of Kalamper, said: “Kalamper Ltd actively spreads the IOSH message to our employers and to our sub-contractors.
“We are doing all we can to improve the health and wellbeing of all those who work in our industry. Raising awareness of occupational cancer will make the construction industry healthier.”
HHSL is a training consultancy based in Trinidad, specialising in the offshore industry. Its managing director, Captain H Anthony Vieira, said: “We believe we are an ideal medium to raise awareness about the campaign and work-related cancers, due to the large numbers of people we engage.
“We hope that clients and delegates will use this vital information available to them to assess their own organisation and processes, and that they will implement stringent action plans with the applicable controls to reduce the associated risks.”
Each year World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.
About 8.8 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, 742,000 of those from an occupational cancer.