IN THIS ISSUE
Spotlight on radon – New school testing and workplace exposure research released
Additions to the CAREX team – Welcome Lindsay
Project news – Sun Safety at Work Canada launches website
Communications update – Emerging issues we're monitoring
Partner update – Canadian Cancer Society releases 2016 statistics
Training opportunities – Upcoming webinars with BCTF and WorkSafeBC
We’re launching several new resources on radon exposure in time for Radon Awareness Month this November. The first is our Radon in Schools research, which investigated where school testing has occurred in Canada. A summary of results is available here. We’ll be offering a webinar on this research with the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) on November 29th. Please visit our Training page for more information.
This month we’re also releasing our estimates of exposure to radon in workplaces, available here. These estimates were developed using a tailored approach focusing on indoor and underground workers. Results show that approximately 188,000 Canadians are occupationally exposed to radon. These resources supplement our radon profile, environmental risk estimates, and maps of home measurements available on the CAREX website. All of these offerings are summarized on our new Radon Resources page.
The CAREX team is pleased to welcome new staff member Lindsay Forsman-Phillips, Project Manager. Previously, Lindsay was a Sun Safety Advisor based in BC for the Sun Safety at Work Canada project, which developed a sun safety program, resources, and tools for workplaces with outdoor workers. Prior to this, Lindsay worked for several municipal government and non-profit organizations, where she developed community health programs and cancer prevention projects. Lindsay will continue to focus on outdoor workers in her role with CAREX, and will support our stakeholder engagement efforts. Please join us in welcoming Lindsay to the CAREX team. Her full biography can be found on our Team page.
The Sun Safety at Work Canada (SSAWC) project has launched its website to support workplaces in helping to protect their employees from the dangers of exposure to sunlight. Led by Thomas Tenkate at Ryerson University, the SSAWC project developed more than 70 free resources on sun safety and all are available to download from the website. CAREX Canada estimates that approximately 1.5 million Canadians are exposed to solar radiation at work, making it one of our highest priority exposures. CAREX has been a partner on the SSAWC project since its inception. We look forward to helping mobilize SSAWC in order to help reduce exposures across industries and jurisdictions. Learn more here.
As part of our ongoing surveillance of exposures to carcinogens in workplaces and communities, we monitor emerging issues of concern to Canadians. We’ve recently added summaries for three new exposures to our Emerging Issues page, including:
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has identified all of these exposures as high priority for further assessment by 2019. The most recent IARC evaluation looked at a series of chemicals including:
Learn more about this evaluation here.
The Canadian Cancer Society, along with along with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada, recently released their annual Canadian Cancer Statistics, which provides detailed information about incidence, mortality, survival, and prevalence for the most common types of cancer by age, sex, year, and province or territory. The report shows that cancer continues to be the leading cause of death in Canada. In 2016 in Canada, an estimated 202,400 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed (not including non-melanoma skin cancers) and there will be an estimated 78,800 deaths from cancer. To view the full report, visit the Canadian Cancer Society website.
We’re pleased to offer a webinar with the BCTF on our Radon in Schools research. This webinar will take place on November 29th at 3pm PT. Another offering in the new year is our webinar in partnership with WorkSafeBC on workplace exposure to antineoplastic agents, which are drugs used to treat cancer. This webinar will include our updated estimates of exposure and best practices for exposure reduction. Please visit our Training page for more information or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.