UK has the Second Highest Occupational Cancer Death Rate
Figures estimate that the UK has the second highest occupational cancer death rate in the EU.
Occupational exposure is when a person is exposed to potentially cancer-causing (carcinogens) chemical, physical or biological substances at work.
Exposure to these harmful substances in the workplace may increase a person’s risk of developing certain types of cancer.
There are many different types of exposure that can cause cancerous diseases within the workplace.
Figure 1 shows the occupational cancer deaths by cause in Great Britain
As you can see, asbestos is the main cause of occupational cancer and this is still a growing problem for the UK.
Asbestos exposure can affect individuals up to 30 years later from being exposed. Symptoms usually start to show years later and cause cancer such as Mesothelioma and Asbestosis which is a vicious cancer of the lung.
It is a legal requirement to have an asbestos survey in place if you are carrying any work out within a property built pre-2000. This report must be shown to anyone that may come into contact with asbestos.