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Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar Series – March 26 2015

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. The seminars are open to everyone, and can be attended in person or by webinar.  Seminars are held at Public Health Ontario (480 University …

Featured Research: The Sun at Work Project

The Sun at Work project will develop a nationally-applicable sun safety program for outdoor workers to help prevent skin cancer and heat illness…

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Webinar: Synopsis of the Shiftwork Interventions Symposium

The OCRC and the Institute for Work & Health hosted a symposium about workplace practices to mitigate the health effects of shiftwork on November 6, 2012. The goal of this symposium was to extend previous discussions of injuries and illness related to shiftwork, to promising interventions for prevention.  Dr. Paul Demers gave a synopsis of …

Presentation on healthcare workers and the risk of exposure to antineoplastic drugs

Antineoplastic drugs are used to treat a variety of cancers, but many of these agents have been classified as Group 1 carcinogens by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Dr. Chun-Yip Hon gave a presentation on November 14, 2012, on the risk of exposure to antineoplastic agents for healthcare workers as part of the …

Surveillance of mesothelioma and workers’ compensation in British Columbia, Canada

Mesothelioma is a cancer that develops on the protective membranes that line the cavity holding the lungs, the abdominal cavity, and the heart sac. It is mainly caused by asbestos exposure. An estimated 85-90% of cases in men and 20-30% of cases in women are due to occupational exposure.  Therefore, mesothelioma is considered a compensable …

Job opportunities at the OCRC

The OCRC is looking for qualified applicants to fill the positions of junior research associate, research associate, senior research associate, and senior administrative assistant. For more information, and to apply, see the job postings below. Job posting – Junior Research Associate Job posting – Research Associate Job posting – Senior Research Associate Job posting – …

Review of Canadian studies that have measured exposure to workplace carcinogens

Significance: There is a large body of research on occupational exposures in Canadian workplaces, but there is no central repository for this information. Having a database in which information from different studies could be collected and analyzed would allow researchers to identify overexposed worker populations, find gaps in the research, and build up background knowledge …

The history of occupational cancer research in Ontario (1950-2010)

Significance: This project will provide a comprehensive analysis, from a historical perspective, of the development of occupational cancer research in Ontario.  It will provide insights into the role Ontario has played in occupational cancer research and how, as a result of its long and rich history, the province is strategically placed to be a leader …

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