A new brochure published by IRSST, a nonprofit scientific research organization in Quebec, Canada, is intended to help occupational health and safety professionals, employers, and workers prevent exposure to carcinogens in the workplace. According to IRSST, researchers estimate that Quebec will see between 1,500 and 4,900 new cases of occupational cancer resulting from past exposures in 2013. The publication includes information on identifying carcinogens in the workplace, examples of preventive measures and best practices for controlling exposure, a sample “action plan” to reduce exposures, and a list of additional resources related to workplace carcinogens.
“The CSST [a government agency in Quebec] currently compensates more cases of death due to cancer than to workplace accidents,” says IRSST epidemiologist France Labrèche. “Scientific estimates indicate that between 3 percent and 10 percent of all new cases of cancer are due to workplace exposure. It’s time to take action and do something to prevent those cases of cancer that not only have human and social costs, but also entail a financial burden for companies.”
The publication is available for download on IRSST’s website. For more information, read the press release.