Archives For: 2013

From awareness to taking action: Exploring the impact of heightened awareness of workplace exposures in Sarnia and Sudbury

Complete. The objective of this study was to understand what encourages workplaces to reduce workers’ exposures to carcinogens, and to investigate whether heightened social awareness and community pressure can encourage workplace-level change.

Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Integrated Health and Safety Strategy

Ontario’s first integrated workplace health and safety strategy was published on December 16, 2013.

The Ontario Mining Exposure Database

In progress. The OCRC is creating a database of exposure measurements collected in mines in Ontario that will serve as a valuable tool for surveillance and prevention in the Ontario mining industry.

Sun Safety at Work Canada: Outdoor worker sun safety

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

Occupational Lung Cancer Symposium: Causes and Screening

The Occupational Cancer Research Centre recently held a symposium on occupational lung cancer. The symposium focused on recent research on the burden and prevalence of major exposures linked to occupational lung cancer, such as asbestos and diesel exhaust. It explored the emerging advances in lung cancer screening, and the logistical and ethical issues of targeting …

Completing the picture: Collecting workplace exposure information from community health clinics’ patients

Complete. The goal of this study was to determine whether it is feasible within a clinical setting to ask workers about their current occupational exposures and risks in order to provide a means to identify people potentially exposed to hazardous substances or dangerous situations in the workplace.

An overview of results from the Cross-Canada Study of Pesticides and Health and current state of the North American Pooled Project

Presented by Dr. Shelley Harris on October 18, 2013.

IRSST report: Sampling guide for air contaminants in the workplace

Drolet D, Beauchamp G. September 2013.

IWH Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture 2013

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) will host the 2013 Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture on Thursday, November 21, 2013.

Health-care workers and antineoplastic drugs: Evaluating the risks and identifying determinants of exposure

Presented by Dr. Chun-Yip Hon on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at an Institute for Work & Health plenary. The presentation discusses antineoplastic agents (drugs used in chemotherapy) and the spread of contamination throughout the hospital medication system. The slides and a video of the presentation are available on the IWH website.