28 Apr 2023

On April 28th, we recognize and remember those who have died, become ill, or were injured because of their work.

We reflect on the importance of workplace health and safety for workers, their families, and their loved ones.

At OCRC, we are committed to producing research that drives occupational disease prevention. Many workers are exposed to hazards that can increase their risk of disease. Based on the Burden of Occupational Cancer project, we know that exposure to cancer-causing agents in the workplace is estimated to cause approximately 10,000 cancers in Canada each year. The Occupational Disease Surveillance System helps us identify groups of workers at higher risk of developing cancers or other diseases. We also study specific hazards and occupations to identify risks or opportunities for prevention, such as the risk of neurological diseases among miners exposed to McIntyre Powderrespirator fit testing protocols for paramedics, and radon levels in Ontario workplaces.

To learn more, or to join a Day of Mourning ceremony near you, visit the Canadian Labour Congress website.