The new materials and website were both launched during an event hosted by the Center for Safety and Health at Work, in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 22 November.
Around 80 delegates attended, including Executive Director of the General Labour Inspectorate Executive Agency, Rumyana Mihaylova, representatives of the Ministry of Health, trade unions and various industries.
The event featured a presentation on No Time to Lose by Malcolm McIntyre, Chair of IOSH's New Accession Countries working party.
Speaking after the event, Malcolm said: "I have been involved with the Balkan countries for several years and they are committed to raising the standards of health and safety in each of the countries.
"The Center for Safety and Health at Work team must be congratulated for all the work they have put in to ensure a successful launch to this campaign."
The event was part of continued efforts by IOSH and its New Accession Countries working party to support the work of occupational safety and health organisations across the Balkans region.
Ljupcho Kochovski, manager of the Center for Safety and Health at Work, said: "The No Time to Lose initiative has a specific purpose to motivate employers, state institutions and structures to develop measures which prevent people being exposed to carcinogenic substances in the workplace.
"By supporting the campaign, and with IOSH's support, we want to achieve our main aim of ensuring we can all work with no need to pay for this with our health."
More than 170 organisations worldwide have to-date given their support to No Time to Lose, with the campaign having also been cited as a good practice solution on the tackling occupational cancer by the European 'Roadmap on Carcinogens' initiative.
The gathering in Bulgaria was the second to have been staged in the Balkans region in November to raise awareness of occupational cancers.
Experts also discussed how Balkan countries can work more closely to highlight the issue, and take preventative action, during the Balkan Occupational Safety and Health Network's (BALcanOSHnet) second International Conference for Regional Collaboration, in Slovenia on 10-11 November. Click here to read more.
Experts will discuss how the region can work more closely to highlight the issue, and take preventative action, during the Balkan Occupational Safety and Health Network’s (BALcanOSHnet) second International Conference for Regional Collaboration.IOSH President Graham Parker and Malcolm McIntyre, Chair of the Institution’s New Accession Countries working party (NAC), will join speakers from Slovenia, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Romania and the Netherlands in addressing the conference in Bled, Slovenia, on 10-11 November.
Representatives from the construction, rail and mineral products sectors will join trade and health bodies, researchers and regulators in 2017 in raising awareness of, and taking preventative action against, harmful exposures to respirable crystalline silica (RCS).RCS, or silica dust, is commonplace in industries that work with rocks, sand and clay, and products such as bricks and concrete, but significant exposure can cause silicosis and lung cancer.
The ‘Avoid Harm on the Farm’ calendar has been released by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI), and features winning entries from its child farm safety poster competition this year.Over 5,000 schoolchildren from more than 100 schools submitted entries to the ‘Be Aware Kids’ competition, highlighting common farm safety issues including slurry gas, working at height, livestock and farm machinery.
More than 120 people gathered at Mountbellew Agricultural College, Co Galway, to hear advice from industry leaders and watch live demonstrations of best practice around a variety of common agricultural tasks.Hints and tips on the correct use of chainsaws and tractors, as well as livestock management, farm building maintenance and slurry safety, were all offered up by experts from the college, Teagasc, Coillte, Height for Hire and IOSH.
Leading engineering solutions provider Costain recently hosted two events to raise awareness of the campaign, occupational cancers and other workplace health issues, among both its staff and key stakeholders.Around 60 members of Costain’s water team and representatives of its supply chain were engaged during a safety, health and environmental management (SHE) forum held in Reading, Berkshire, on 30 November.
The Health and Work strategy, published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), aims to work with others to increase focus on occupational health, particularly stress and related mental health issues, musculoskeletal disorders and lung diseases.It was launched on Thursday 15 December at the Nova Victoria construction site near Victoria Station, in London, with the support of the UK’s Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP.
A randomised control trial has found that office workers who use a standing desk alongside other interventions that encourage them to sit less and move around reduced their sitting time by an hour a day over one year.
A new report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has underlined the need for stronger OSH protections in response to the growing focus on psychosocial work to support wellbeing and productivity, changes to working practices brought about by COVID-19 and technological advances in the economy.