04/04/2007

Occupational Cancer: A union guide to prevention

Preventing occupational cancer 


 
A new cancer prevention guide, reveals that over 600,000 deaths a year ­ one
death every 52 seconds ­ are caused by occupational cancer, making up almost
one-third of all work-related deaths.


 
GLOBAL: 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.

This stark warning comes from a global union coalition, which this week
launched stage one of a "zero cancer" campaign to tackle what it says is the
No.1 workplace killer worldwide.

Marcello Malentacchi, General Secretary of the International Metalworkers' Federation, says: "Occupational cancer is the most common work-related cause of
death, ahead of other work-related diseases and accidents, but it is not taken
seriously by regulators or employers."

Preventing occupational cancer, the most common work-related cause of death, is
the subject of the new guide, published today. Occupational Cancer/Zero Cancer:
A union guide to prevention addresses the growing epidemic of occupational
cancer and outlines steps unions can take to protect workers in the workplace.
The guide was produced as part of the first ever international zero
occupational cancer campaign, involving 11 global trade union organisations
together representing over 300 million members in more than 150 countries.

"Despite occupational cancer being the single largest cause of work-related
deaths, the risks have been downplayed by governments, health and safety
enforcement agencies and employers. The end result has been a wholly
preventable epidemic of cancers," says IMF general secretary Marcello
Malentacchi.

"This epidemic has to stop. Trade unions in hundreds of countries will be
joining the campaign. We'll be calling for widespread workplace mapping,
inquiries and surveys, and a big drive to get rid of the top killers, such a
achieving a global ban on asbestos," adds Malentacchi.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: International Metalworkers' Federation