Webinar: Radon in Ontario Workplaces

22 Jan 2024

Join us on Friday, February 2, 2024 for a webinar on radon in Ontario workplaces.

This seminar is being hosted by the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) and the Centre for Occupational Disease Prevention, in partnership with the Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar Series.   

The session will feature a panel of radon experts, researchers, and health and safety professionals, presenting on:

  • findings and results from OCRC’s recently completed research project on radon levels in Ontario workplaces (featuring OCRC’s Dr. Paul Demers and Lily Yang);
  • the importance of workplace radon monitoring and mitigation (featuring Radiation Safety Institute of Canada’s Laura Boksman); and
  • dealing with high radon test results from the workplace perspective (featuring City of Greater Sudbury’s Christine Fink).

The panel presentations will be followed by an interactive question and answer (Q&A) period between panelists and audience members.

This webinar is open to everyone. We invite all members of the community to join us in raising awareness of radon in workplaces and discussing opportunities for prevention.

Seminar Details

Date: Friday, February 2, 2024
Time: 12:00PM – 1:30PM EST
Location: Online only, via Zoom
Cost: Free of charge, online registration required

About the Panelists  

Dr. Paul Demers | OCRC
Paul is the Director of the OCRC, as well as a Senior Scientist with Ontario Health and a Professor with the Occupational and Environmental Health Division of the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He has a PhD in Epidemiology and an MSc in Industrial Hygiene, both from the University of Washington in Seattle. Paul is internationally recognized for his expertise on the health effects of workplace exposures and has sat on many expert panels, including the International Agency for Research on Cancer working groups that evaluated carcinogens such as dusts and fibres, firefighting and formaldehyde.

Lily Yang | OCRC
Lily Yang is a Research Associate on the Exposure team. She holds a Master of Public Health from Queen’s University. Her research interests lie in environmental health and occupational exposures. At OCRC, Lily is the project coordinator for the Radon in Ontario Workplaces study. She also collaborates with knowledge translation projects including website design and event planning.

Laura Boksman | Radiation Safety Institute of Canada
Laura Boksman has a B.Sc. in Physics from McMaster University and an M.Sc. in Medical Biophysics from the University of Western Ontario). Laura has over 25 years of experience as a radiation protection professional in the Canadian Nuclear industry, was formerly the Chief Scientist for the Institute, and is currently working as a consulting scientist for the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada.  Operational Health Physics, Laboratory Management, Sampling and Analysis, Emergency Management, Training, Dosimetry, and Nuclear Waste Management and Decommissioning are just a few of the subjects in which she is very well versed.

Christine Fink | City of Greater Sudbury
Christine is the Manager of Organizational Development, Safety and Wellness at the City of Greater Sudbury. In her role with the City, Christine over sees the Health and Safety team who is responsible for guiding the organization of approximately 2,500 employees providing 56 different types of service to the Greater Sudbury community. Christine has a passion for continuous improvement and encouraging employee engagement in all aspects of health and safety.

The Radon Survey of Ontario Workplaces was completed by OCRC in partnership with the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada, and with the participation of workplaces across Ontario. The study was funded by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD).

The Centre for Occupational Disease Prevention is based at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Its aim is to advance the prevention of occupational diseases provincially, nationally and internationally. The Centre was launched in 2023.

The Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH) seminar series is supported by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Public Health Ontario, the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, and the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease. Contact ocrc@ontariohealth.ca to sign up for the mailing list.