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  • 1. Reducing the Burden of Occupational Disease Mike Slater President Elect 2013/14
  • 2. There are currently approximately 12,000 deaths each year due to occupational respiratory diseases
  • 3. Deaths from work related respiratory disease are equivalent to 30 Boeing 777’s full of passengers every year
  • 4. 32 people per day - But we don’t hear anything about it in the news
  • 5. About 8,000 cancer deaths and 13,500 new cases of cancer each year could be due to work
  • 6. An estimated 1.1 million people who worked in 2011/12 were suffering from a work-related illness
  • 7. An estimated 1.1 million people who worked in 2011/12 were suffering from a work-related illness And it’s not just about fatalities Occupational disease affects quality of life
  • 8. An estimated 1.1 million people who worked in 2011/12 were suffering from a work-related illness Let’s look at some of the main cause of occupational disease
  • 9. Silica released during stone cutting activities Source: HSE
  • 10. Now you see it
  • 11. Bakers are about 80 times more likely to develop occupational asthma than the average British worker
  • 12. Nanotechnology
  • 13. And new technology and processes can present new problems Nanotechnology
  • 14. Recycling
  • 15. Fracking
  • 16. And it’s not just chemicals agents – here the worker is exposed to noise and vibration
  • 17. “Current trends indicate that in 2060, there will be 13,000 deaths from preventable occupational cancers, if we do nothing” Lesley Rushton (BOHS Annual Conference 2013):
  • 18. “Current trends indicate that in 2060, there will be 13,000 deaths from preventable occupational cancers, if we do nothing” Lesley Rushton (BOHS Annual Conference 2013):
  • 19. “HSE .. (should continue) .. to seek new and innovative ideas for interventions that maximise its impact on the continuing high levels of work-related ill health.”
  • 20. Employers
  • 21. Recognise Evaluate Control
  • 22. Occupational Hygiene Recognise Evaluate Control
  • 23. Sometimes there’s an obvious solution…..
  • 24. … but employers don’t always know where to find them. Occupational hygienists can help
  • 25. Nanotechnology
  • 26. And with new problems, occupational hygienists have the skills to develop solutions Nanotechnology
  • 27. Government HSE Employers Professionals
  • 28. President-elect@bohs.org http://www.bohs.org Twitter: @bohsworld http://www.slideshare.net/mikeslater