We are excited to share the launch of our new website, www.odsp-ocrc.ca, focused on surveillance of occupational diseases and workplace exposures. The Occupational Disease Surveillance Program (ODSP) aims to develop systems to monitor patters and trends in occupational disease and exposure in Ontario. It will increase our capacity to identify high-risk populations, and provide the evidence needed to implement effective prevention strategies in Ontario. The ODSP currently includes three projects:
- The Occupational Disease Surveillance System (ODSS) combines different provincial data sources to examine the risk of cancer and non-malignant diseases among workers in Ontario.
- Ontario’s Toxics Reduction Act (TRA) requires certain industrial facilities to track and report their use and emission of toxic substances. The TRA Project explores the potential application of this data for workplace exposure surveillance.
- The Mesothelioma Surveillance Project provides an update of current and future mesothelioma incidence in Canada, as well as current survival statistics.
The Occupational Disease Surveillance Program and associated projects were made possible through funding from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Public Health Agency of Canada, Cancer Care Ontario, Canadian Cancer Society, and WorkSafe BC.
For more information, visit www.odsp-ocrc.ca.