Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Integrated Health and Safety Strategy
Ontario’s first integrated workplace health and safety strategy was published on December 16, 2013.
Building capacity: IDRC grant awarded for international partnership
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 …
Burden of Occupational Cancer: Project Update
A two-day working meeting of the burden investigators was held in Toronto on July 29-30, 2013. This was the first project meeting with investigators from each of the four project components in attendance. Our study involves researchers from across Canada (Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver) and from the UK, with expertise in epidemiology, exposure assessment, health …
IARC classifies diesel engine exhaust as carcinogenic to humans
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified diesel engine exhaust as “carcinogenic to humans” (Group 1) on June 12, 2012. The Working Group concluded that there was sufficient evidence that diesel engine exhaust is a cause of lung cancer in humans, and limited evidence of an increased risk of bladder cancer due to …
Shiftwork survey results are now available
The Occupational Cancer Research Centre and the Institute for Work & Health held a survey about workplace practices to prevent injury and illness due to shiftwork. The results of the survey are now available, and can be viewed here. For more information on shiftwork-related projects and events at the OCRC, see our Projects page.
IARC Monographs Volume 100C: Arsenic, Metals, Fibres, and Dusts
The International Agency for Research on Cancer, 2012.
Incorporating Occupational Information in Electronic Health Records: Letter Report
Institute of Medicine. 2011. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
OCRC researcher profiled by the Canadian Cancer Society
Dr. Shelley Harris was recently funded by the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) to investigate the relationship between the risk of breast cancer in young women and occupational and environmental exposure to flame retardant chemicals. Dr. Harris’s research was profiled by CCS in October for breast cancer awareness month. To read more about the Canadian Cancer …
IARC Monographs Volume 98: Painting, Firefighting, and Shiftwork
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has evaluated the carcinogenicity of painting, firefighting, and shiftwork.
Occupational exposures increase risk of lung cancer in never-smokers
A recent study published in BMC Cancer demonstrated that exposure at work to potential cancer-causing agents is associated with increased lung cancer risk in the total population and an even higher risk amongst those who have never smoked. More specifically, never-smokers who were exposed to solvents, paints or thinners, welding equipment or smoke, soot or …