IARC Monographs Volume 110: evaluation of five chemicals

July 28, 2014 - 11:37 am

The International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) Monograph Progam evaluates substances, agents, and exposure circumstances on their carcinogenicity to humans. IARC recently released a summary of their evaluation of five chemicals: perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), tetrafluoroethylene (TFE), dichloromethane (DCM), 1,2-dichloropropane (1,2-DCP), and 1,3-propane sultone (1,3-PS). The evaluation took place in June, 2014 in Lyon, France, and …

Asbestos in the news

June 18, 2014 - 10:06 am

The health impact of asbestos mining in Canada is highlighted in two recent media stories.

National Day of Mourning

April 23, 2014 - 2:11 pm

On Monday, April 28, 2014, the National Day of Mourning commemorated workers who have been killed, injured, or fallen sick as a result of their work. The National Day of Mourning is an annual event, and was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991. It serves as a day to remember lives lost, and …

ADAO highlights OCRC’s Occupational Lung Cancer Symposium

February 25, 2014 - 2:52 pm

The Occupational Cancer Research Centre recently organized a symposium on occupational lung cancer that was held on Monday February 24, 2014. Linda Reinstein, President of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), gave a presentation entitled Lung Cancer Research: Beyond the Bench in the 21st Century. Read Linda’s synopsis of the day on the ADAO website. …

IARC World Cancer Report 2014 – Effective prevention measures urgently needed

February 03, 2014 - 6:03 pm

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has published a report that describes many aspects of cancer research and control.

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 …

Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Integrated Health and Safety Strategy

December 17, 2013 - 9:55 am

Ontario’s first integrated workplace health and safety strategy was published on December 16, 2013.

IARC classifies outdoor air pollution as a human carcinogen

October 17, 2013 - 11:44 am

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a specialized agency of the World Health Organization, has classified outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). Particulate matter, a component of air pollution, was also classified as a Group 1 carcinogen. Both were classified based on an increased risk of lung cancer with increasing …

Building capacity: IDRC grant awarded for international partnership

October 16, 2013 - 3:53 pm

The Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) is a collaborator on a new project applying Canadian expertise in occupational exposure surveillance to research in Latin America and the Caribbean. Funded by the International Development Research Centre’s Canadian Partnerships Program, with additional contributions from project partners, the initiative will see OCRC join hands with CAREX Canada, the …

October is Healthy Workplace Month

October 09, 2013 - 4:34 pm

October is Canada’s Health Workplace Month. Each week features different aspects of workplace health, including safety, supportive culture, healthy bodies, and fun at home and work. For more information, visit the Healthy Workplace Month website.