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13 May 2019

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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Media Contact
Victoria Knowles
Telephone: +44 (0) 1920 485959, +44 (0) 7802 726380
Email: victoria.knowles@ccscheme.org.uk

About the Considerate Constructors Scheme

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is a not for profit, independent organisation founded in 1997 by the construction industry to improve its image.

Construction sites, companies and suppliers voluntarily register with the Scheme and agree to abide by the Code of Considerate Practice. The Code commits those registered with the Scheme to care about appearance, respect the community, protect the environment, secure everyone’s safety and value their workforce.

The Scheme monitors any area of construction activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry as a whole.

The Scheme provides the Best Practice Hub, a comprehensive online resource showcasing best practice in the construction industry. The Best Practice Hub hosts a wealth of tips, expertise, guidance and case studies to help constructors learn from their peers and raise industry standards.

For further information, please visit www.ccscheme.org.uk 

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