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  1. 1. Reducing the Burden of Occupational Disease Mike Slater President Elect 2013/14
  2. 2. There are currently approximately 12,000 deaths each year due to occupational respiratory diseases
  3. 3. Deaths from work related respiratory disease are equivalent to 30 Boeing 777’s full of passengers every year
  4. 4. 32 people per day - But we don’t hear anything about it in the news
  5. 5. About 8,000 cancer deaths and 13,500 new cases of cancer each year could be due to work
  6. 6. An estimated 1.1 million people who worked in 2011/12 were suffering from a work-related illness
  7. 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. 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. 9. Silica released during stone cutting activities Source: HSE
  10. 10. Now you see it
  11. 11. Bakers are about 80 times more likely to develop occupational asthma than the average British worker
  12. 12. Nanotechnology
  13. 13. And new technology and processes can present new problems Nanotechnology
  14. 14. Recycling
  15. 15. Fracking
  16. 16. And it’s not just chemicals agents – here the worker is exposed to noise and vibration
  17. 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. 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. 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. 20. Employers
  21. 21. Recognise Evaluate Control
  22. 22. Occupational Hygiene Recognise Evaluate Control
  23. 23. Sometimes there’s an obvious solution…..
  24. 24. … but employers don’t always know where to find them. Occupational hygienists can help
  25. 25. Nanotechnology
  26. 26. And with new problems, occupational hygienists have the skills to develop solutions Nanotechnology
  27. 27. Government HSE Employers Professionals
  28. 28. President-elect@bohs.org http://www.bohs.org Twitter: @bohsworld http://www.slideshare.net/mikeslater

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