Are you exposed to carcinogens at your workplace?

Updated 22 Sep 2016.

Approximately 40% of Australians are exposed to at least one carcinogen in their workplace and around 5,000 (6.5%) cancer cases are attributable to occupational cancers each year.

This important issue currently has a relatively low profile in Australia - we need your help to change that. 

exposure to carcinogens at work: welding 

On October 3 we're launching a new nation-wide occupational cancer project known as ‘kNOw Workplace Cancer' to raise awareness of occupational and environmental cancers and educate workers on what they can do to reduce their risk. We believe we're the only organisation in Australia addressing occupational cancer and this is the first campaign of its kind.

The campaign will include a number of resources covering what the carcinogen is and how it causes cancer, employee and employer legal obligations, and what both parties can do to reduce their risk of exposure.

The five common carcinogens included in the initial campaign include:

Diesel engine exhaust
Welding fume
Solar ultraviolet radiation
Environmental tobacco smoke

We have future plans to develop pages and resources for paints, benzene, lead and silica dust, too.

exposure to carcinogens at work: working in the sun

To help us get a better understanding of the current situation in order to best address it, we'd like to hear your story.

By filling out our quick survey, you'll be helping us make a difference for workers now and in the future. Hearing real life stories may encourage people to get any symptoms checked out with their doctor, participate in the screening they'd been putting off, and highlight the importance of early detection and the need to have control measures in the workplace.

We'd love to hear from you if you are:
• An occupational cancer survivor
• A carer for someone who has a cancer caused by work
• Someone who has lost a close relative to a cancer caused by work

Share your story by filling out our quick kNOw Cancer At Work survey here.


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