Education an important tool for preventing workplace-related cancer

Prevention guide out of Quebec about limiting, preventing exposure
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/13/2014

It’s not the first of its kind, but a new cancer prevention guide could prove to be a life-saving tool, helping employers identify carcinogens in the workplace — and reduce or eliminate employees’ exposure.

Are There Carcinogens in Your Workplace? It’s Time to Act! was published by the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), a Quebec-based research organization, to help occupational health and safety officers, employers and workers identify carcinogens in the workplace as well as control, reduce or eliminate exposure.

Between three and 10 per cent of all new cancer cases occur because of workplace exposure, and Quebec alone will see 1,500 to 4,900 new cases in 2013 resulting from exposure decades ago, says the organization.