Outdoor workers have 3 times greater risk of skin cancer

October 16, 2018 - 11:33 am

Approximately 1.5 million Canadians are exposed to sun at work and around 7,000 skin cancers were attributed to occupational exposure to the sun in 2014.  Additionally, outdoor workers have a 2.5 to 3.5 times greater risk of skin cancer than indoor workers. The results are released in a collaborative study of the Occupational Cancer Research …

Workplace cancer study gives recommendations to help protect workers

October 16, 2018 - 11:04 am

A new report published by Cancer Care Ontario and the Occupational Cancer Research Centre is now examining how workers are exposed to certain carcinogens in the workplace and aims to help better protect workers from developing the disease while on job. To read the article, click here.  

Almost half of 250 reassessed WSIB claims for Peterborough GE workers rejected

August 08, 2018 - 9:25 am

After the promise by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to review 250 rejected claims by General Electric Peterborough Workers, almost half the claims were upheld as rejection. Click here to read article.  

Researchers raise concerns for worker health in Ontario’s e-waste sector

May 28, 2018 - 12:26 pm

“We know from other studies these chemicals have been associated with endocrine disruption, neurological impacts, reproductive effects, even cancer,” says Dr. Victoria Arrandale, scientist with Toronto-based Occupational Cancer Research Centre and part of a team of researchers looking into FR exposure levels at an Ontario e-waste facility. For more information, please click here.

Canada introduces new asbestos rules

January 29, 2018 - 10:57 am

Canada is proposing to prohibit the use, sale, import, and export of asbestos and asbestos-containing products.

Burden study highlighted by the Canadian Cancer Society, Québec Division

January 02, 2014 - 10:24 am

The Canadian Cancer Society, Québec Division (La Sociéte Canadienne du Cancer – Division du Québec) has highlighted the OCRC’s study on the burden of occupational cancer in the December 2013 issue of their newsletter. The article, titled “Quand le travail rend malade,” discusses the goals of the project, which is funded by a four-year, $1 million …

Leading cause of work-related deaths? Occupational cancer

September 09, 2013 - 10:58 am

OHS Insider – September 5, 2013 It’s easy to assume that the leading cause of work-related deaths must be something like falls from heights or confined space incidents. But according to a study by the Occupational Cancer Research Centre recently published in CMAJ Open, the leading cause of such deaths is actually occupational cancer. The goal …

Landmark study on bike safety by OCRC affiliated researcher, Prof. Anne Harris

February 22, 2013 - 9:45 am

Dr. Anne Harris, Assistant Professor at the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University, recently published a study on bike safety., in conjunction with researchers from the University of British Columbia, University of Minnesota, Simon Fraser University, University of Toronto, and St. Michael’s Hospital. The study focused on how route infrastructure can affect …

New study examines the risk of breast cancer with potential exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals

November 21, 2012 - 4:38 pm

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) interfere with hormones in the body.  This is important because changing hormone levels can impact the risk of breast cancer as well as other diseases.  A new study, conducted in Ontario, was recently published that examines the risk of breast cancer in industries with potential exposure to EDCs. Link to the …

OCRC receives funding from the Canadian Cancer Society to study the burden of occupational cancer

November 15, 2012 - 2:51 pm

The Occupational Cancer Research Centre will lead a Canada-wide study investigating the human and economic impact of workplace exposure to carcinogens. Funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, the study will focus on 44 known or suspected carcinogens, and their links to many different types of cancer. To read more about the study and its potential …