Comunicado de prensa de IOSH: Soluciones para que las empresas puedan prevenir el cáncer de pulmón por motivos laborales (Spanish) 

IOSH Press Release: Calls for businesses to prevent work-related lung cancer (English)

Posted on July 31, 2018

Tomorrow is World Lung Cancer Day, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) is joining with the global Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to urge businesses to save lives using our free practical resources to reduce the terrible toll of work-related lung cancer.

A staggering 260,000 people die annually from lung, trachea and bronchus cancers caused by carcinogenic exposures at work. The biggest cause of work-related lung cancer and lung disease is asbestos, which kills around 200,000 people globally. Other significant carcinogens include silica dust and diesel engine exhaust emissions.

To tackle this serious health issue, ADAO through its ‘Know Asbestos’ campaign and IOSH through its ‘No Time to Lose’ campaign will raise awareness of work-related lung cancer and how it can be prevented.  

Both campaigns give advice and free practical resources to help businesses prevent asbestos exposure.

Know Asbestos provides advice on where asbestos can be found in the home, what type of workers might be at risk, information for contractors, guidance on renovating and demolishing buildings, and more.

No Time to Lose has developed materials to tackle asbestos exposure, from factsheets explaining how to develop a prevention strategy to toolbox talks, leaflets and posters to help engage and educate the workforce.

The IOSH campaign is also encouraging businesses worldwide to sign-up to a pledge to protect employees from carcinogenic exposures. The pledge is a six-step action plan which captures what organizations are doing or planning to do to tackle harmful exposures. More than 100 leading businesses around the world have already signed-up to it.   

Professional bodies, charities and educational establishments can also support the campaign by providing a supporting statement. No Time to Lose currently has over 250 supporters globally, including ADAO, who have committed to raising awareness of occupational carcinogens.

World Lung Cancer Day is organised by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) to commemorate and support those impacted by lung cancer. FIRS is an organisation comprised of the world’s leading international respiratory societies who are working together to improve lung health globally.

Organizations are encouraged to get involved by tweeting using the hashtag #WorldLungCancerDay. To join the conversation on social media, follow @Linda_ADAO and @_NTTL on Twitter.

To find out more about the Know Asbestos campaign, visit For more information about No Time to Lose, go to

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