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Alliance for Cancer Prevention - International Workers Memorial Day

Every year the 28 April marks International Workers Memorial Day. The theme for this year’s events was: Toxic Work, Stop Deadly Exposures Today!

The Secretary General to the International Trade Union Confederation Sharan Burrow, issued a statement pledging if you expose us, we’ll expose you. The pledge relates to the fact that most occupational cancer deaths could be prevented if measures to prevent them were not blocked by, “a mixture of toxic marketing and regulatory failure…already condemned another generation to an early grave”. The International Labour Organisation puts occupational cancer deaths at over 660,000/year.

The European Trade Union Confederation condemned the EU Commission for the ongoing delay in regulation exposures to EDCs because it is conducting a review of ‘red tape’, it claimed 150,000 have died from occupational cancer while the EU evaluates better regulation.

EDCs have been implicated with a wide range of health effects including higher breast cancer rates found in women in a range of industries including agriculture, plastics, and food packaging.

Events worldwide were compiled by the ITUC and Hazards on the website.

A useful resource on occupational cancer research can be found here

Last updated on 7 May 2015

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