Integrated research program
The OCRC integrated research program consists of:
- surveillance of occupational cancers and workplace exposures;
- research into the causes of cancer in the workplace;
- intervention research to develop and test prevention and exposure reduction strategies;
- building capacity in applied occupational cancer research; and
- knowledge transfer and exchange with stakeholders to ensure relevance of research and effective application of research findings related to prevention, risk reduction and policy.
The OCRC guiding principles are to:
- produce and transfer new knowledge to support community action, public education, prevention efforts, legislation and policy development;
- conduct research that adheres to the highest standard of research integrity;
- involve stakeholders in the establishment of a research agenda;
- maintain the precautionary principle so that reasonable steps to reduce risk should not await scientific scrutiny; and
- perform research and knowledge dissemination activities free from stakeholder interference.
OCRC is working on developing a more specific research agenda. To assist with this process we surveyed our stakeholder community about their views on priority areas in occupational cancer research.
- Nearly 100 workplace exposures were identified as a priority issue in occupational cancer research. Shift work, chemicals and asbestos were mentioned most frequently.
- 45 occupations, both broad and specific, were listed. The most common occupations were healthcare workers, firefighters and miners.
- 27 cancers were mentioned. Some of the most frequently mentioned cancers were breast, lung and prostate.
To see the OCRC Stakeholder Survey report, click here.