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December 2015

Issue 39



During September, the Scheme highlighted the issue of occupational cancers,

identifying that skin and lung cancer are the two most prevalent types affecting the

construction industry.

Spotlight on… occupational

cancers update

In 2015, it is estimated that 3500

construction workers will die from

cancer caused by past exposures to

asbestos. A further 500 fatalities will

result from exposure to silica dust

and another 5500 will be diagnosed

with occupational cancer

( Breathe Freely ,

BOHS, 2015).

The ‘Spotlight on... campaign’ has

created a huge impact within the

industry, with well over 3400 online

hits, coupled with the campaign

being publicised in a number of

high profile magazines. These

include Building Engineer, UK

Construction Online, Safety and

Health Practitioner Magazine and

Master Builder Magazine.

Since the launch, a number of

individuals have come forward

to identify additional resources

and information available,

including IOSH, Macmillan and

Mesothelioma Resource Online.

Although the Scheme has been

able to identify a number of current

awareness campaigns and best

practice, it is essential to share

your examples of best practice

witnessed on site to ensure

it remains a current issue in the

forefront of constructors’minds.

If you would like to share how

your company is addressing

occupational cancers, please

contact the Scheme by emailing

You can also visit the Best Practice

Hub which is continuously updated

with new examples of best practice

and innovation which address

occupational cancers.

Read ‘Spotlight on…

occupational cancers’



Visit the Best Practice Hub by