OCRC Resources

Controlling Diesel Particulate Matter in Construction

Diesel engine exhaust is a complex mixture of toxic gases and particulates produced from the combustion of diesel fuel. It is classified as a Group 1 definite human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer [IARC, 2014]. Exposure to diesel engine exhaust causes lung cancer, and there is limited evidence that it may cause …

Industry and geographic patterns of use and emission of carcinogens in Ontario, Canada, 2011–2015

The results of this study show the need to reduce the use and emission of select carcinogens in priority industry sectors.

OCRC response to the 2018 proposed changes to occupational exposure limits

The Ontario Ministry of Labour proposed a number of changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act in 2018. These changes include updates to the occupational exposure limits (OELs) in Regulation 833 for a number of hazardous substances including formaldehyde, toluene diisocyanate, and cobalt containing tungsten chloride. Additionally, the Ministry of Labour proposed adding a …

OCRC Report: Assessment of diesel exhaust exposure in municipal fire halls in Ontario

This report, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, summarizes the diesel exhaust exposure levels assessed in 12 fire halls in Ontario.

OCRC Report: Assessment of safe antineoplastic drug handling practices in community pharmacies, veterinary settings and long-term care homes in Ontario

Report funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour and produced in collaboration with Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, and Public Services Health and Safety Association.

Video: Scientist Victoria Arrandale discusses e-waste in the The Agenda with Steve Paikin program

Our scientist Victoria Arrandale from the Occupational Cancer Research Centre of Cancer Care Ontario was interviewed about e-waste by the The Agenda with Steve Paikin program on April 19, 2018.  Dealing with the toxins, contaminants and carcinogens from recycling e-waste is a growing challenge nowadays. Visit our Investigation of exposure to flame retardants among electronic …

Video: Dr. Paul Demers discusses Construction Carcinogens in the The Agenda with Steve Paikin program

Dr. Paul Demers from the Occupational Cancer Research Centre of Cancer Care Ontario was interviewed by the The Agenda with Steve Paikin program on April 19, 2018. The show discussed about Construction Carcinogens such as diesel, asbestos, silica dust, wood dust, and the sun’s UV rays that are regularly being exposed by Ontario construction workers. Visit our Construction Carcinogens …

Prostate cancer surveillance by occupation and industry: the Canadian Census Health and Environment Cohort (CanCHEC)

This study uses one of the largest Canadian worker cohorts to examine occupation, industry, and prostate cancer and to assess patterns of prostate cancer rates.

Controlling diesel particulate matter from on-road diesel engines

An infographic describing control strategies for diesel engine exhaust from on-road applications.

Occupational prestige, social mobility and the association with lung cancer in men

The researchers studied the association between lung cancer and the level of time-weighted average occupational social prestige as well as its lifetime trajectory by using data from the international pooled SYNERGY case-control study.