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    Essential e-learning launched to beat construction-related occupational cancers

    New
    course to help construction workforce spot dangers and mitigate risks of
    developing occupational cancers

    The
    Considerate Constructors Scheme has
    announced a new e-learning course ‘Occupational
    Cancers’, designed to help the construction industry’s workforce to improve
    its understanding of occupational cancer risks and how to mitigate them.

    With
    40% of all deaths from occupational cancers arising within the construction
    industry, the need to support the workforce in this area has never been so
    critical.

    The
    main causes of occupational cancers in construction work are exposure to silica
    dust, asbestos, diesel exhaust emissions and UV radiation, with those working
    in construction:

    • 100
      times more likely to die from an occupational disease than a workplace
      accident (BOHS, 2016)
    • 6
      times more likely to develop skin cancer than the general population (HSE,
      2018)
    • Dying
      by cancers caused by silica dust – over 500 workers a year (HSE, 2005)

    The
    ‘Occupational Cancers’ e-learning module is made freely available to the entire
    construction industry via the Scheme’s Best
    Practice Hub. It follows the successful series of e-learning courses on
    other cross-industry issues, including Air Pollution,
    Drugs and
    Alcohol and Mental
    Health.

    The
    Scheme’s e-learning courses have received unprecedented engagement, with over
    53,000 people working in construction taking the courses so far.

    Edward
    Hardy, Chief Executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme said: “There is
    no doubt that the shocking number of deaths and long-term illnesses caused by
    significant exposure to carcinogens in the workplace needs greater attention by
    everyone. We must continue to improve our standards in how we raise awareness
    and understanding of the risks and how to take measures to, where possible
    eliminate them, or at the very least minimise them.

    “We
    call on everyone across our industry to take the ‘Occupational
    Cancers’ course and to encourage colleagues, friends and family members to
    do the same.

    “The
    Hub also features the ‘Spotlight
    on…occupational cancers’ campaign which provides excellent examples of best
    practice in tackling this issue provided by construction sites, companies and
    suppliers to the industry across the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland.
    We anticipate more examples of best practice being shared across the coming
    months in order to drastically reduce the impact of carcinogens on our
    workforce.” 

    Click here to take the
    ‘Occupational Cancers’ e-learning.

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