29 Apr 2016
Groups across Canada are pushing the government for a total ban on all forms of asbestos. The Occupational Cancer Research Centre has studied the impact of asbestos on the health of Canadians, and has contributed to the campaign to ban asbestos by providing data to groups including the Canadian Cancer Society, Ban Asbestos Canada, and labour organizations such as the Canadian Labour Congress.
Asbestos is the commercial name for a group of six naturally-occurring mineral fibres. It causes lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other health effects. Preliminary results from the OCRC’s Burden of Occupational Cancer in Canada study show that approximately 1900 lung cancers and 430 mesotheliomas are attributed to occupational asbestos exposure each year in Canada, based on 2011 cancer statistics.
Each year on April 28th, Canadians honour the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illnesses as a result of occupational incidents and exposures. Respect is also paid to the families and friends who have been affected by these tragedies. The day serves as a reminder that workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses are preventable. This year, many groups across Canada chose to commemorate the Day of Mourning by pushing for a total ban on asbestos. Below are some of OCRC’s asbestos-related resources, and media coverage of the Day of Mourning and the campaign to ban asbestos. On May 10, 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the government has made a commitment to move forward on a ban.
OCRC’s Occupational Disease Surveillance System (ODSS) investigated cancer risk among Ontario firefighters and found that Ontario firefighters in the ODSS…
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This report outlines major knowledge gaps and priorities for firefighter cancer research identified by participants of the Firefighter Cancer Research Priorities Workshop.