Archives For: 2018

Controlling Diesel Particulate Matter in Construction

Diesel engine exhaust is a complex mixture of toxic gases and particulates produced from the combustion of diesel fuel. It is classified as a Group 1 definite human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer [IARC, 2014]. Exposure to diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer, and there is limited evidence that it may cause …

Outdoor workers have 3 times greater risk of skin cancer

Approximately 1.5 million Canadians are exposed to sun at work and around 7,000 skin cancers were attributed to occupational exposure to the sun in 2014.  Additionally, outdoor workers have a 2.5 to 3.5 times greater risk of skin cancer than indoor workers. The results are released in a collaborative study of the Occupational Cancer Research …

Workplace cancer study gives recommendations to help protect workers

A new report published by Cancer Care Ontario and the Occupational Cancer Research Centre is now examining how workers are exposed to certain carcinogens in the workplace and aims to help better protect workers from developing the disease while on job. To read the article, click here.  

Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar Series 2018-2019

Seminars are held on Fridays from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. The seminars are open to everyone, and can be attended in person or by webinar.

Almost half of 250 reassessed WSIB claims for Peterborough GE workers rejected

After the promise by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to review 250 rejected claims by General Electric Peterborough Workers, almost half the claims were upheld as rejection. Click here to read article.  

Industry and geographic patterns of use and emission of carcinogens in Ontario, Canada, 2011–2015

The results of this study show the need to reduce the use and emission of select carcinogens in priority industry sectors.

Applications of the Ontario Toxics Reduction Act for exposure surveillance

This study is complete. A report summarizing the results from this study has been submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Labour.  

Regional and sector-specific patterns of occupational and environmental exposures (TRA)

Completed. This was a pilot project whose goal was to assess the feasibility of creating regional occupational and environmental health profiles for Ontario.

Using the Ontario Toxics Reduction Act for targeted cancer-specific prevention strategies (TRA)

Complete. This study used data from Ontario’s Toxics Reduction Act to assess trends in industrial carcinogen use and release.

Leveraging environmental reporting databases to assess occupational and environmental exposures

Dormant. This project aims to evaluate the performance of the Ontario Toxics Reduction Act (TRA) and to explore the feasibility of using data from the TRA and NPRI databases as a surveillance tool for occupational and environmental exposures.