A new report from the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (ORC) and Cancer Care Ontario might have every worker in Ontario calling in a sick day. According to the report, thousands of Ontario workers are exposed to cancer-causing hazards in the workplace, including asbestos, silica, ultraviolet radiation and diesel engine exhaust.
Burden of Occupational Cancer in Ontario: Major Workplace Carcinogens and Prevention of Exposure, outlines 11 carcinogens found in workplaces, with asbestos one of the leading cancer-causing agents. Fewer than 55,000 workers are exposed to asbestos, but annually it causes 630 lung cancers, 140 mesotheliomas, and 15 laryngeal cancers in Ontario. Construction projects, such as renovation, modification and maintenance, is the leading source of exposure to asbestos.
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