IN THIS ISSUE
Communications update – Sharing our latest Annual Report
Spotlight on outdoor air pollution – New resource page available
Project news – Introducing our First Nations Environmental Health portal
Partnership update – Sun Safety at Work Canada
Updating resources – New French content, emerging issues, event reports
Upcoming events – Webinars and conferences
In 2015-16, the CAREX team worked with partners at federal, provincial, and municipal levels to mobilize evidence on exposures to workplace and environmental carcinogens in various ways. This work is described in our latest Annual Report, available here. We hope that the stories in this report illustrate the value that the CAREX project offers the prevention system; by monitoring emerging issues and integrating data, fostering networks, and making knowledge accessible, we hope to enhance this country’s capacity to assess and address Canadians’ exposures to known and suspected carcinogens.
Approximately one third of the Canadian population is exposed to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) where they live (defined as areas located 500m on either side of highways or 100m on either side of major urban roads). TRAP is a major contributor to outdoor air pollution, which is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as carcinogenic to humans. We’ve developed a resource page that summarizes the many components of TRAP associated with cancer and provides links to CAREX resources on Canadians’ exposures to them. Visit this page here.
In winter 2016, we wrapped up our Cancer and the Environment Projects, a multi-year knowledge translation and exchange effort with various partners. Through this effort, we collaborated with four First Nations groups to develop a series of tailored resources to enhance capacity to understand – and address – local concerns about substances known and suspected to cause cancer. The resources are now available via a website portal called “Environmental Health Resources for First Nations”. We are now sharing this portal and accepting requests to tailor the content to other groups and communities. If you’re interested, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CAREX team is a collaborator on the Sun Safety at Work Canada project, a sun safety program for outdoor workers. The project is currently in its second phase, which involves engaging stakeholders and developing a website that will host project resources. One of these resources is a set of videos, developed in partnership with WorkSafeBC, which illustrate the dangers of sun exposure and heat stress, and describe what workers and employers can do to prevent it. These videos are available on our Sun Safety page, along with a link to sign up for notification when the website is launched.
We’re in the process of updating our estimates of workplace exposure to antineoplastic agents, which are drugs used to treat cancer. The Risk Analysis Unit at WorkSafeBC has worked with us throughout the update process. Together we’ll offer a webinar this winter on the updated exposure estimates, as well as the best practices for exposure reduction. Please get in touch with us if you’re interested in attending and we’ll keep you informed as details are confirmed.
Several CAREX team members will present at the upcoming Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health (CARWH) Conference, taking place October 16-18, 2016 in Toronto. Topics include our antineoplastics update, enhancing our silica exposure estimates, methods for estimating pesticide exposure, and our knowledge translation programme. Early bird registration for the Conference is available until July 31st.