On February 14th, 2012, OCRC hosted a workshop on the classification of carcinogens at the United Steelworkers Hall. This workshop aimed to educate and inform attendees on the carcinogen classification process used by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), highlighting how epidemiological, toxicological and animal studies are used in this process. The classification of shiftwork was used to exemplify the classification procedures employed by IARC. Additionally, the subsequent policy implications of an IARC classification were discussed.
Note: IARC updated the way it classifies carcingoens in 2019, and published an updated review of night shiftwork in 2020. Some of the materials from this workshop may be out of date.
AgendaBiographies of workshop leadersIARC backgrounderPreamble to the IARC MonographsLancet summary on the carcinogenicity of shiftwork, painting, and firefightingIARC evidence summary for shiftwork
Exposure Data and Human StudiesDr. Paul Demers, Occupational Cancer Research Centre
Experimental Animal and Mechanistic StudiesDr. David Blask, Tulane University School of Medicine
Do M, Ramkissoon A, Berriault C, Villeneuve P, Demers P. Abstract from the 27th Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) conference….
Demers PA, Berriault C, Ramkissoon A, Do MT, Lightfoot N, Zeng X, Arrandale VH. Occupational & Environmental Medicine 2019;76(Suppl 1):A1–A109….
Watch Dr. Paul Demers deliver the Institute for Work & Health’s 2018 Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture.