Estimating external chemical exposures and disease pathways from biomonitoring data

In progress. This study uses mechanistic modeling and “omics” tools to estimate external chemical exposures and disease pathways using biomonitoring data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Mesothelioma: Epidemiology and Prognosis

Complete. This project examined changing patterns and trends in mesothelioma incidence in Canada, as well as determinants of survival in Ontario and BC.

Applications of the Ontario Toxics Reduction Act for exposure surveillance

This study is complete. A report summarizing the results from this study has been submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Labour.  

Regional and sector-specific patterns of occupational and environmental exposures (TRA)

Completed. This was a pilot project whose goal was to assess the feasibility of creating regional occupational and environmental health profiles for Ontario.

Using the Ontario Toxics Reduction Act for targeted cancer-specific prevention strategies (TRA)

Complete. This study used data from Ontario’s Toxics Reduction Act to assess trends in industrial carcinogen use and release.

Leveraging environmental reporting databases to assess occupational and environmental exposures

Dormant. This project aims to evaluate the performance of the Ontario Toxics Reduction Act (TRA) and to explore the feasibility of using data from the TRA and NPRI databases as a surveillance tool for occupational and environmental exposures.

Occupational Cancer and Asbestosis among Asbestos-Exposed Workers in Ontario

Complete. This project examined cancer and chronic respiratory disease risk among workers in the Ontario Asbestos Workers Register.

The Occupational Disease Surveillance System (ODSS) for Ontario Workers

In progress. This project will launch a new system for occupational health surveillance through the linkage of existing administrative databases to identify jobs and work-related factors that can pose health risks to Ontario workers.

Strengthening occupational carcinogen surveillance in Latin America and the Caribbean

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

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.