Staff Writer13th Aug 2019 12:01 AM
NATIONAL Tradies Health Month this month is the ideal time for Sunshine Coast tradies to educate themselves on risks in the workplace and start constructing healthy habits.
An estimated 3.6 million Australians are exposed to cancer-causing agents at work, with about 5000 cancer cases diagnosed each year as a result.
Awareness of risks associated with exposures such as asbestos and ultraviolet radiation are well-known but there are other exposures, such as diesel fumes and second-hand smoke, which may be less commonly perceived as a workplace cancer risk.
Work environments may indirectly affect the risk of cancer by enabling unhealthy behaviours, such as poor nutrition and physical inactivity.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan urged Queensland workers and employers to use National Tradies Health Month as a catalyst to become more aware of risks in the workplace and build in control methods and healthy habits to last a lifetime.