Archives For: 2013


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IARC classifies outdoor air pollution as a human carcinogen

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a specialized agency of the World Health Organization, has classified outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). Particulate matter, a component of air pollution, was also classified as a Group 1 carcinogen. Both were classified based on an increased risk of lung cancer with increasing …

Building capacity: IDRC grant awarded for international partnership

The Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) is a collaborator on a new project applying Canadian expertise in occupational exposure surveillance to research in Latin America and the Caribbean. Funded by the International Development Research Centre’s Canadian Partnerships Program, with additional contributions from project partners, the initiative will see OCRC join hands with CAREX Canada, the …

IRSST reports: Construction workers’ exposure to crystalline silica

The IRSST has published two reports on crystalline silica exposure among construction workers.

October is Healthy Workplace Month

October is Canada’s Health Workplace Month. Each week features different aspects of workplace health, including safety, supportive culture, healthy bodies, and fun at home and work. For more information, visit the Healthy Workplace Month website.

Skin Cancer Prevention Act passed

On October 9, 2013, Bill 30 was passed as the Skin Cancer Prevention Act in the Ontario Legislature. It will prohibit youth under the age of 18 from using tanning beds in Ontario. The use of tanning beds has been linked to increased risk of melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. The International Agency …

North American Pooled Project: pesticides, agricultural exposures, and cancer

The objective of the North American Pooled Project is to assess the effects of exposure to specific pesticides and other agricultural factors in association with different cancer types.

Manuscript published in Cancer Causes & Control

For her student project at the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, Garthika Navaranjan led an analysis of exposure to multiple pesticides and the risk of Hodgkin lymphoma in Canadian men — which was published in the September 2013 issue of Cancer Causes & Control. Overall, the study found associations between Hodgkin lymphoma and fungicides, insecticides (specifically acetylcholinesterase …

Leading cause of work-related deaths? Occupational cancer

OHS Insider – September 5, 2013 It’s easy to assume that the leading cause of work-related deaths must be something like falls from heights or confined space incidents. But according to a study by the Occupational Cancer Research Centre recently published in CMAJ Open, the leading cause of such deaths is actually occupational cancer. The goal …

Northeastern Ontario Partners in Prevention 2013 Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show

The Northeastern Ontario Regional Partners in Prevention conference will be held on October 1, 2013 in Sudbury, Ontario. There will be five OCRC research posters displayed at this event. For more information, and to register, visit the conference website.

Eastern Ontario Partners in Prevention 2013 Health & Safety Conference & Trade Show

The Eastern Ontario Regional Partners in Prevention 2013 conference will be held on October 24, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario. There will be five OCRC research posters displayed at this event, and Manisha Pahwa will be speaking about trends in accepted occupational cancer fatality claims in Ontario. For more information, and to register, visit the conference …

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