Every year, about 1800 people die from work-related cancer. That’s four times more than deaths from road accidents. ” Every work-related cancer is one cancer too many. Preventing it is a top priority,” said AUVA Director Daniela Zechner.
The action “Beware, risk of cancer!” (Gib Acht, Krebsgefahr!) launched in 2018 will therefore be continued in 2020. The aim is to inform employers and employees about the risks and how to protect themselves against them.
“The less visible the hazards are, the greater the risk of misjudging or even neglecting them,” says Daniela Zechner. Prevention is all the more important since the incorrect use of hazardous substances can often lead to serious illness years later.
AUVA has already carried out more than 100,000 in-company advisory services on carcinogenic substances. It has organised 16 events (4100 participants), published 8 new brochures and films on YouTube. In addition, special information measures on the declaration of occupational diseases have been aimed at doctors.
“We are very pleased that the modernisation of the list of occupational diseases is now included in the government programme 2020-2024”, said the AUVA director.