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European campaign – Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances

IOSH is supporting a Europe-wide campaign to highlight the importance of managing dangerous substances at work to help prevent ill health.

Cancer, respiratory illnesses and skin diseases are some of the health issues caused by exposure to hazardous substances at work. These include chemicals such as paints, glues and disinfectants; carcinogens including asbestos, diesel engine exhaust emissions and silica dust; and natural materials like grain dust and crude oil.

Many workers are exposed to these substances at work. In Europe, almost 80,000 people die a year from cancer caused by carcinogenic exposure at work.

The ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances’ campaign, organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), is working to tackle this issue and aims to:

  • raise awareness of the risks from dangerous substances in the workplace
  • promote a culture of prevention to eliminate or effectively manage risks
  • improve understanding of the risks associated with carcinogens
  • target vulnerable workers, for example, young people and migrant workers
  • provide information on policy developments and relevant legislation.

Raise awareness in European Week for Safety and Health at Work

EU-OSHA is running the European Week for Safety and Health at Work on 21-25 October 2019 and encourages businesses across Europe to raise awareness of dangerous substances.

You can get involved in the campaign by:

You can also use our free No Time to Lose campaign resources to help tackle occupational cancer and join more than 350 organisations worldwide by supporting the campaign.  

We’d like to hear about the activities you organise, so please keep us posted.

“Through our WORK 2022 strategy, we deliver advancements that promote and realise our vision for a safe and healthy world of work.

“Reducing exposures to work-related health hazards is a vital part of this. It is at the heart of what our 46,000 members advising businesses in EU member states and other countries strive to do every day.

“We are proud to support EU-OSHA’s campaign to improve the management of dangerous substances. By aligning aspects of our own campaign activity with that of EU-OSHA, we can help raise awareness, share good practice and improve standards of management.”

Bev Messinger
IOSH Chief Executive

Related resources

We have a range of free resources that provide useful information to help you tackle occupational health problems.


Visit the No Time to Lose website

Work-related cancer claims 742,000 lives a year worldwide. Our free resources are helping  businesses take action and tackle the leading causes of occupational cancer.

No Time to Lose

Related courses

Why not enrol on one of our specialist IOSH CPD courses to help you improve your working knowledge of managing dangerous substances at work?


Modern CoSHH Management provides the theory and practice of carrying out assessment techniques and control strategies, arising from the use of substances at work. Follow the link for dates and booking details.

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