Health and Safety Week 2015

This year it focuses on occupational health which includes:

• cancer – from asbestos, silica, shift work, etc
• other asbestos-related illnesses
• respiratory diseases – lung cancer, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis
• noise-induced hearing loss
• musculoskeletal disorders
• work-related skin disease
• stress
• mental health
• hand arm vibration.

Did you know?
• The number of new work-related ill health and occupational disease cases rose to 535,000 in 2013/14,
according to the Health and Safety Executive.
• 80 per cent of these were musculoskeletal disease, stress, depression or anxiety.
• The amount of long-latency illnesses like mesothelioma (asbestos-induced cancer) are coming to light
now, with 2,535 deaths from mesothelioma in 2013.

Good health and safety makes business sense. It saves money and it saves lives.

At the launch of Health and Safety Week Heather Beach, Director, OSH Global, UBM EMEA said: “We are delighted to kick-off UK Health & Safety Week 2015, and it was great to feel such partnership in the industry between key stakeholders all committed to raise the profile of occupational health. With an estimated 13,000 people a year dying of health issues resulting from the workplace, the challenge is multi-faceted. Workers and the public need informing that this is happening; businesses need to understand the case for health when long latency can provide an excuse to tackle it, and professionals in our industry need up skilling to deal with it.”


Post date: 15 Jun 2015

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