The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has urged businesses to kick off the New Year with a new pledge by signing up to its No Time to Lose campaign pledge to help prevent workers contract occupational cancer.

According to the Chartered body for health and safety professionals, work-related cancer claims 742,000 lives a year worldwide.

The No Time to Lose campaign aims to explain the causes of occupational cancer and help businesses take action.

A total of 115 businesses have already signed up, undertaking to tackle the issue of work-related cancers. IOSH says that in the process of signing up an organisation will:

  • get recognition as a responsible, forward-thinking business on the campaign website and in campaign communications

  • be able to use the pledge as part of the in-house health and safety programme, building support around the organisation’s own action plan and commitments

  • be eligible for an IOSH certificate demonstrating the business’s commitment (organisations can also request an annual reminder to review and revise the action plan).

To help in getting started, organisations can customise their pledge, depending on whether they are a large company or a smaller business.

Commenting on the pledge, Rob Strange OBE, Chief Executive of the Association for Project Safety, a supporter of the No Time to Lose campaign, said: "We wholeheartedly support this campaign and are committed to increasing awareness of ill health issues with those working in the pre-construction phase of projects."

Last reviewed 11 January 2019