Research Type


Lung cancer and chronic respiratory disease in the Ontario mining industry

This study aims to create a research platform to estimate the risk of lung cancer and chronic respiratory disease among Ontario miners.

Occupational exposure in Ontario nail salons

In progress. The goal of this study is to characterize worker exposure to a variety of occupational hazards in the nail salon environment, including chemicals, ergonomics and stress.

Investigation of exposure to flame retardants among electronic waste recycling workers

Complete. This study characterized the inhalation and skin exposure of electronic waste recycling workers to flame retardants, and tested a new method of measuring exposure.

Diesel exhaust exposure in Ontario fire halls

Complete. The findings from this study improve our understanding of the nature and the extent of diesel exhaust exposure in Ontario fire halls, and the effectiveness of existing control measures.

Asbestos exposure in schools

Completed. The goal of the study was to assess custodial workers’ awareness of asbestos through an online survey.

Evaluation of prevention strategies for reducing the burden of cancer in the Ontario construction industry

In progress. This study will estimate the number of future cancers being generated by current exposures in the Ontario construction industry, and evaluate a series of prevention strategies.

Exposure to antineoplastic drugs among Ontario’s healthcare settings

Complete.This study identified safe drug handling practices for antineoplastic drugs, the degree of compliance with these best practices and the perceived barriers to compliance in Ontario’s retail pharmacies, veterinary clinics and long-term care homes.

Strengthening occupational carcinogen surveillance in Latin America and the Caribbean

This project aims to enhance estimates of exposure to occupational carcinogens in Latin America and the Caribbean.

From awareness to taking action: Exploring the impact of heightened awareness of workplace exposures in Sarnia and Sudbury

Complete. The objective of this study was to understand what encourages workplaces to reduce workers’ exposures to carcinogens, and to investigate whether heightened social awareness and community pressure can encourage workplace-level change.

The Ontario Mining Exposure Database

In progress. The OCRC is creating a database of exposure measurements collected in mines in Ontario that will serve as a valuable tool for surveillance and prevention in the Ontario mining industry.