IN THIS ISSUE
Spotlight on pesticides – New profiles added, including glyphosate
Welcome Chris and Ela – Additions to the CAREX team
Updating resources – Firefighters package summary now available
Project news – Follow-up on Burden of Occupational Cancer symposium
Communications update – Hazardous drugs in the news
In response to recent pesticide classifications made by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), our team has developed a series of new profiles, including glyphosate, malathion, diazinon, and lindane. Many of these chemicals are now in limited use with the exception of glyphosate, which is the most widely sold and applied pesticide in Canada. IARC classified glyphosate as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A). In response to this new classification, Health Canada has proposed additional labeling protocols for products containing glyphosate. To learn more about these pesticides, and the 73 other carcinogens we’ve profiled at CAREX Canada, visit our Profiles and Estimates page.
The CAREX team is pleased to welcome new staff members and Ela Rydz, Associate Analyst, and Chris Liddy, Occupational Exposures Manager. Ela recently completed her Masters in Public Health at the University of Alberta. Based at the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, she is working on our profiles as well estimates of exposure to pesticides, including glyphosate. Chris brings years of experience from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety to his role with CAREX. He is working on priorities such as diesel engine exhaust exposure and the construction industry, and will help to disseminate results of the burden of occupational cancer project. Please join us in welcoming Ela and Chris to the CAREX team. Full biographies can be found on Our Team page.
A new occupation-focused package is now available on the CAREX site. It summarizes the exposures a firefighter might experience on the job, which include asbestos, benzene, diesel engine exhaust, formaldehyde, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and others. These exposures are challenging to quantify because emissions and exposure levels vary greatly depending on fire conditions such as ventilation, wind, and temperature, as well as time spent at the fire, firefighter tasks, and the type of fire. To learn more, and to view the other summaries we’ve developed on occupational exposures by occupation, industry, province, and cancer site visit our Package Summaries page.
Last November in Toronto, the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) convened a symposium to unveil some of the results from their burden of occupational cancer project, which is a direct application of CAREX estimates. The symposium featured several presentations by CAREX collaborators and a series of fact sheets on key carcinogens asbestos, diesel engine exhaust, and radon. Many of these presentations and resources are now available on the OCRC website. We’re currently organizing a similar symposium in Vancouver, to allow interested groups based in BC, Alberta, and the Yukon to learn more about the project and brainstorm ways it can be used to prevent occupational exposures.
This month we’re featuring a Carcinogens in the News resource related to one of the emerging exposures we study at CAREX, hazardous drugs ("antineoplastic agents"):
We’re currently updating our estimates of exposure to hazardous drugs, to include new data sources and to better characterize occupations with poorly understood or emerging exposures. Other stories and reports can be viewed on our Carcinogens in the News page. To sign up for monthly Carcinogens in the News digest, visit our Subscribe page.