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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Burying the Evidence: How Great Britain is Prolonging the Occupational Cancer Epidemic
Authors: O'Neill, Rory
Pickvance, Simon
Watterson, Andrew
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Keywords: occupational cancer
Health and Safety Executive
United Kingdom
public health
Issue Date: Oct-2007
Publisher: Abel Publication Services, Inc
Citation: O'Neill R, Pickvance S & Watterson A (2007) Burying the Evidence: How Great Britain is Prolonging the Occupational Cancer Epidemic, International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 13 (4), pp. 432-440.
Abstract: The U.K. authorities are failing to acknowledge or deal effectively with an epidemic of work-related cancers. The government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) underestimates the exposed population, the risks faced as a result of those exposures, and the potential for prevention. The HSE fails to acknowledge the social inequality in occupational cancer risk, which is concentrated in manual workers and lower employment grades, or the greater likelihood these groups will experience multiple exposures to work-related carcinogens. It continues to neglect the largely uninvestigated and unprioritized risk to women and currently has neither a requirement nor a strategy for reducing the numbers and volumes of cancer-causing substances, processes, and environments at work. The result is that the U.K. faces at least 20,000 and possibly in excess of 40,000 new cases of work-related cancer every year, leading to thousands of deaths and an annual cost to the economy of between £29.5bn and £59bn. This paper outlines flaws in the HSE’s approach and makes recommendations to address effectively the U.K.’s occupational cancer crisis.
Type: Journal Article
Rights: The publisher has granted permission for use of the publisher version of the article in this repository. The article was first published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Affiliation: HS UG Regulated - Stirling
University of Sheffield
HS Research - Stirling

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