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April 28th – National Day of Mourning and World Day for Safety and Health at Work

April 22, 2013 - 3:27 pm

The International Labour Organization (ILO) holds the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on April 28 to promote the prevention of workplace accidents, injuries, and disease. The theme for 2013 is “The Prevention of Occupational Diseases.” To read more about the ILO World Day for Safety and Health at Work, click here. In …

Landmark study on bike safety by OCRC affiliated researcher, Prof. Anne Harris

February 22, 2013 - 9:45 am

Dr. Anne Harris, Assistant Professor at the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University, recently published a study on bike safety., in conjunction with researchers from the University of British Columbia, University of Minnesota, Simon Fraser University, University of Toronto, and St. Michael’s Hospital. The study focused on how route infrastructure can affect …

New study examines the risk of breast cancer with potential exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals

November 21, 2012 - 4:38 pm

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) interfere with hormones in the body.  This is important because changing hormone levels can impact the risk of breast cancer as well as other diseases.  A new study, conducted in Ontario, was recently published that examines the risk of breast cancer in industries with potential exposure to EDCs. Link to the …

OCRC receives funding from the Canadian Cancer Society to study the burden of occupational cancer

November 15, 2012 - 2:51 pm

The Occupational Cancer Research Centre will lead a Canada-wide study investigating the human and economic impact of workplace exposure to carcinogens. Funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, the study will focus on 44 known or suspected carcinogens, and their links to many different types of cancer. To read more about the study and its potential …

Canada needs public registry of buildings containing asbestos

October 18, 2012 - 3:58 pm

Canadian Cancer Society (National Office) – Thursday October 18, 2012   The majority of Canadians – 82% – are sending a clear message that a public registry of buildings containing asbestos, including private homes, is important and 78% say it’s the responsibility of the federal government to create one, according to poll results released today …

Asbestos products still being imported to Ontario

October 04, 2012 - 4:26 pm

Marco Chown Oved Toronto Star – Monday September 24, 2012   Despite recent announcements in Ottawa and Quebec that suggest asbestos will soon be a thing of the past, products made of the cancer-causing mineral are still being imported and used in Ontario today. While the carcinogenic insulation is now being removed from buildings across …

50th anniversary of Silent Spring

September 10, 2012 - 4:06 pm

September 27, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring. Written by Rachel Carson, this book helped to launch the environmental movement by drawing attention to the environmental and public health issues related to pesticide use.   Read about OCRC research on the health effects of pesticides: Cross-Canada study of pesticides and …

IARC classifies diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans

June 13, 2012 - 4:11 pm

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified diesel engine exhaust as “carcinogenic to humans” (Group 1) on June 12, 2012. The Working Group concluded that there was sufficient evidence that diesel engine exhaust is a cause of lung cancer in humans, and limited evidence of an increased risk of bladder cancer due to …

Congratulations to OCRC researchers!

June 11, 2012 - 3:53 pm

We are pleased to announce that OCRC post-doctoral fellow Anne Harris has recently been hired as an assistant professor at Ryerson University. Congratulations Anne! We look forward to working together on future collaborations. We also extend congratulations to OCRC research associates Ann Del Bianco and Victoria Arrandale, who recently successfully defended their PhD dissertations.

Study examines breast cancer link to flame retardants

May 24, 2012 - 10:11 am

Andrew Vowles atGuelph – Thursday April 26, 2012 Probing links between breast cancer and a group of pollutants is the purpose of a new $846,000 study involving researchers from U of G, Toronto and Ottawa. The team has received a three-year grant from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute to look at brominated flame retardants, …

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