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IRSST reports: Construction workers’ exposure to crystalline silica

The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) has published two reports on crystalline silica exposure among construction workers. Crystalline silica causes silicosis and lung cancer when inhaled, and occupational exposure to silica is common in several trades within the construction industry. Reports: Construction Workers’ Exposure to Crystalline Silica – …

Article: Increased risk of breast cancer associated with long-term shift work in Canada

Dr. Kristan Aronson and coworkers recently published a study on long-term night work and risk of breast cancer in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The case-control study found an increased risk of breast cancer in those who worked night shifts for at least 30 years. No association was found for shorter durations of …

Second Report on Human Biomonitoring of Environmental Chemicals in Canada

The Second Report on Human Biomonitoring of Environmental Chemicals in Canada, published by Health Canada in April 2013, summarizes the results of the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) Cycle 2 (2009-2011). The CHMS is a joint initiative of Statistics Canada, Health Canada, and the Public Health Agency of Canada to collect information from Canadians about …

AGRICOH: A consortium of agricultural cohorts

Leon ME, Beane Freeman L, Douwes J, Hoppin J, Kromhout H, Lebailly P, Nordby KC, Schenker M, Schüz J, Waring S, Alavanja M, Annesi-Maessano A, Baldi I, Dalvie A, Ferro G, Fervers B, Langseth H, London L, Lynch C, McLaughlin J, Merchant J, Pahwa P, Sigsgaard T, Stayner L, Wesseling C, Yoo K, Zahm S, …

Soft-tissue sarcoma and pesticides exposure in men: Results of a Canadian case-control study

Pahwa P, Karunanayake CP, Dosman JA, Spinelli JJ, McLaughlin JR, Cross-Canada Group. Soft-tissue sarcoma and pesticides exposure in men: Results of a Canadian case-control study. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2011;53(11):1279-1286.   OBJECTIVES: The objective was to investigate the putative associations of specific pesticides with soft-tissue sarcoma (STS). METHODS: A Canadian population-based case-control study …

IARC Monographs Volume 102: Non-Ionizing Radiation, Part 2: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has published a monograph that evaluates the carcinogenic hazard to humans of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields. The Working Group classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). Lancet Oncology summary IARC Monographs 102: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields  More information on how IARC classifies carcinogens and the …

Radiation Safety Institute of Canada

RSIC is dedicated to prevention of cancers resulting from exposure to radiation.

IARC Monographs Volume 100F: Chemical Agents and Related Occupations

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has published a monograph that evaluates the carcinogenic hazard to humans of a number of chemical agents and related occupations. As well as specific chemical agents, the monograph also reviews broader exposure circumstances, such as occupational exposure during coal-tar distillation, aluminum production, iron and steel founding, painting, …

IARC Monographs Volume 100D: Radiation

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has published a monograph that evaluates the carcinogenic hazard to humans of radiation, including solar and ultraviolet radiation, gamma radiation and x-rays, neutron radiation, and internalized radionuclides that emit alpha or beta particles. The Working Group classified all types of ionizing radiation as carcinogenic (Group 1). This …

Partnership for Work, Health and Safety

Addressing current and emerging issues of work-related health in BC.

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