Future Burden of Cancer in Construction

About the Study

This study is an extension of the methodology used in the Current Burden of Occupational Cancer Study. It focuses on the future burden of cancer in the Ontario construction industry, up to 2060, due to four exposures: silica, solar UV radiation, diesel engine exhaust, and asbestos. We are investigating the potential impact of a series of control strategies to reduce exposure and decrease the future burden of cancer in construction. The Institute for Work & Health is leading an economic analysis of the costs and savings associated with these interventions.

The construction industry is a high hazard industry. Construction workers are at increased risk of injury as well as cancer and other chronic diseases. Results from this study will help us to better understand the impact to workers if no reductions in carcinogen exposure occur, as well as the benefits of implementing specific prevention measures. This information can be used to set prevention priorities and will provide a mechanism for comparing costs and benefits of differing prevention measures. The methodology can also be extended to other industries or other jurisdictions within Canada.


Coming soon.

This project is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour and will be completed at the end of 2019. It is a collaboration between researchers at the OCRC, Institute for Work & Health (leading the economic analyses), University of British Columbia, and Ryerson University, and is being completed with support from the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association, the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario, the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers, and the Interior Systems Contractors Association of Ontario. For more information on the study, visit our project page.