Preventing the Burden of Occupational Cancer in Canada

The OCRC hosted a stakeholder meeting on preventing the burden of occupational cancer in Canada on November 5, 2015. The focus of the meeting was on preliminary findings from the Burden of Occupational Cancer in Canada study, and how the results can be used in prevention initiatives. It provided an overview of the study’s early results, focusing on asbestos, radon and diesel exhaust.

 On March 31, 2016, CAREX Canada hosted a similar event in BC; conference materials and a report from that event are available here.

The Burden of Occupational Cancer in Canada study is funded by a grant from the Canadian Cancer Society.

Conference Materials

Speaker and Panelist Biographies
Asbestos Occupational Exposure Fact Sheet
Diesel Engine Exhaust Occupational Exposure Fact Sheet
Radon Occupational Exposure Fact Sheet


Session I: Preventing Occupational Cancer
Lesley Rushton – Prioritising effort in preventing occupational cancers: The British experience

Session II: Asbestos
Donna Pasiechnik – The Saskatchewan asbestos registry
Alec Farquhar – Banning asbestos in Canada

Session III: Diesel Engine Exhaust
Colin Murray – Developing an occupational exposure limit for diesel exhaust – the challenges and options?
Vic Pakalnis – Diesel emissions in underground mining

Session IV: Radon
Natalia Mozayani – Radon exposure prevention initiatives

Session V: Future Priorities and Challenges for Prevention
Lesley Rushton – Future challenges and priorities for prevention

Meeting Report

Preventing the Burden of Occupational Cancer in Canada Report – this report summarizes some preliminary findings and highlights major themes that arose from the discussions during the meeting.