Most manufacturing industries use, or have used, known or suspected cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens). The electronics industry is one such, with many toxic substances used.
Listen to the webinar of the Victorian Trades Hall We are union OHS reps prevent work cancer event.
British workers exposed to the elements account for 2 per cent of cases of the most deadly form of skin cancer, a new study has concluded.
An Oxford University study that concluded the classification of night work as a cause of breast cancer in women is no longer justified was based on ‘bad science’, top researchers have warned.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month has provided a welcome focus on a condition that has risen sharply over the last 40 years, but campaigners are concerned the UK government and breast cancer charities are resolutely ignoring the host of preventable occupational and environmental causes of the condition.
Hillary Cross, toxicologist, explained during the Hazards Trust’s AGM, about the causes of cancer at work..
Work-related cancer update – summary of a discussion at a WMHT public meeting, led by Hillary Cross, industrial toxicologist
Some technical titles
Carcinogen: name for any substance which causes cancer, many of which are found at work.
Mutagen: changes genetic structure (most mutagens cause cancer). They pose a risk to the reproductive system and hence also to future generations.
This year the European Trade Union Institute published a paper on work-related cancers in the EU. It showed that 102,500 deaths take place each year because of exposure to carcinogens in the workplace, twenty times the number caused by workplace injuries. That is a massive amount.
To coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which begins today (Thursday) and lasts throughout October, the TUC has issued guidance for union representatives, employees, line managers and employers for how best to support colleagues with cancer at work.
A worldwide epidemic of occupational cancer is claiming at least one life every 52 seconds, but this tragedy is being ignored by both official regulators and employers. These deaths are not just statistics, they are stories of pain, hardship and bereavement.
The HSE have important information about occupational cancer, official relevant standards, guidance on what to do and official statistics.