Archives For: 2014


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In the News: Asbestos revealed as Canada’s top cause of workplace death

The Globe and Mail has published an article showing that asbestos exposure is the single largest cause of compensated workplace death claims.

Occupational exposure limits: results of the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s 2013 and 2014 OEL consultations

Updated regulations will come into effect on July 1, 2015.

Radon in homes, schools, and workplaces: CELA finds legal protections lacking

The Canadian Environmental Law Association concludes that Canadians need better legal protection from radon gas, a known carcinogen.

IARC Monograph 111: Some nanomaterials and some fibres

IARC recently evaluated the carcinogenicity of fluoro-edenite, silicon carbide fibres and whiskers, and carbon nanotubes.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Read a blog post by Dr. Paul Demers about workplace exposures that can cause lung cancer.

IARC announces two upcoming meetings on the carcinogenicity of certain pesticides

The International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) Monograph Program evaluates the carcinogenicity of various agents to humans. IARC has announced that Meeting 112 and Meeting 113 will both evaluate the carcinogenicity of pesticides. Meeting 112 (March 2015) will evaluate some organophosphate insecticides and herbicides, while Meeting 113 (June 2015) will evaluate some organochlorine insecticides …

Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar Series 2013-2014

The Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH) seminar series is supported by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Public Health Ontario, the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, and the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease. Presentations from the 2013-2014 seminars are posted here.

Article: Pharmacological interventions for sleepiness and sleep disturbances caused by shift work

Liira J, Verbeek JH, Costa G, Driscoll TR, Sallinen M, Isotalo LK, Ruotsalainen JH. Conchrane Database Syst Rev 2014;(8):CD009776.

Staying safe in the sun

Dr. Thomas Tenkate of Ryerson University, and Dr. Desre Kramer of OCRC teamed up to write a blog post on sun safety for Cancer Care Ontario’s internal website.

Skin cancer prevention strategies for outdoor workers

Occupational sun exposure is a significant risk factor for non-melanoma skin cancer. Read a fact sheet on prevention strategies here.

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