The good news is, there are things workplaces can do to help employees reduce their risk.
In Australia, exposure to certain chemicals or processes at workplaces or in the environment accounts for between 2 and 5 per cent of all cancer cases in Australia. Occupational cancers are, to a large degree, avoidable provided that the risk of exposure is identified, where possible removed and – if not – adequately managed. Cancer Council Victoria would like to see coordinated action at a national and state level in order to reduce this burden of harm. It is calling for measures that will effectively prevent workplace or environmental exposure to substances likely to cause cancer, as well as improvements to support for people who already have cancer that’s related to such exposures.
The following statement summarises Cancer Council Victoria’s position in relation to occupational and environmental cancer in Victoria.
SunSmart offers workplace education and will help you develop and implement workplace sun protection programs (including policy and compliance strategies).
Visit the SunSmart website for more information.
Quit provides support and services for workplaces, including help to develop and update smokefree policies and quit courses to help staff stop smoking.
Visit the Quit website for more information.
The Achievement Program is improving the health of Victorians by helping workplaces, schools and early childhood services create healthier environments.
It provides organisations with tools and resources to meet best-practice health standards in areas such as healthy eating, physical activity and mental health and wellbeing.
The Achievement Program is supported by the Victorian Government. Visit the Achievement Program website for more information.
The Achievement Program at Cancer Council Victoria
Cancer Council Victoria is implementing the Achievement Program as a workplace and has so far been recognised for Alcohol, Smoking and Physical Activity.