May 2017 e-Bulletin

May 2017 e-Bulletin

SPOTLIGHT ON THE CAREX TEAM

Renewal and new roles

The CAREX team is pleased to announce that we’ve been refunded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer to continue our efforts to develop and mobilize estimates of Canadians exposures to carcinogens in workplace and community environments. Dr. Cheryl Peters is now the Co-Principal Investigator of CAREX Canada, alongside Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol. Cheryl started working with CAREX Canada at the beginning of the project in 2007. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Carleton University in Ottawa, where she works on projects in environmental and occupational epidemiology and exposure assessment. We are also pleased to announce that Alison Palmer has become CAREX Canada’s Executive Director. Alison was hired on with CAREX Canada five years ago to plan and execute knowledge translation activities, and has since taken on a leadership role. To learn more about CAREX team members, visit our About Us page.

UPDATING RESOURCES

Launching eRISK Online tool, offering webinar

Our newest CAREX Canada tool, eRISK Online, is now available. eRISK Online is an interactive tool developed by CAREX Canada that allows users to explore the cancer risk associated with exposures to known and suspected carcinogens in the environment. There are currently five exposure pathways – outdoor air, indoor air, dust, soil, and drinking water – and over 30 substances – including radon, asbestos, and formaldehyde – to explore. The estimates allow users to compare substances and exposure pathways, and support priority setting for exposure reduction efforts. eRISK Online, along with a Quick Start Guide and a comprehensive User Manual on using the tool, is available here.

On September 21st, 2017 we’re hosting a webinar on how to use the new eRISK Online tool. This webinar will show users how to navigate the tool and interpret the lifetime excess cancer risk results it generates, as well as demonstrate some of the tool’s possible applications. For more information, visit our registration page.

COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE 

Sharing our latest Annual Report

This year marks ten years of CAREX Canada. Over this time, our team has worked to establish CAREX Canada as the country’s leading source of evidence on Canadians’ exposures to workplace and environmental carcinogens. In 2016-17, the CAREX team worked with partners across the country 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 hereWe hope that this report illustrates how our evidence has been applied to prioritize and support efforts to reduce exposures, ultimately helping to reduce the burden of cancer.

PARTNER UPDATE

New working groups with CELA, Sun Safety at Work

This year, we established two new working groups to help put CAREX Canada knowledge into action:

  • Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA): We established a formal working group with CELA to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, expertise, and tools between CELA and CAREX Canada. Our current foci are radon and pesticide exposures. For example, we coordinated our efforts to raise awareness of – and reduce exposure to – radon in schools and daycares.
  • Sun Safety at Work Canada (SSAWC): When funding for the SSAWC project expired in September 2016, CAREX Canada took on the coordinating role of its evolution into a national working group. This group brings together 14 organizations to coordinate efforts to reduce workplace sun exposure across Canada. CAREX Canada estimates that approximately 1.5 million Canadians are exposed to solar radiation at work, making it one of our highest priority exposures. The recently launched SSAWC website offers more than 70 free resources on sun safety that are available to download.

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

IARC evaluates welding, UV radiation; CELA releases policy tools for radon in daycares

This month we’re featuring two new publications that appeared in our Carcinogens in the News digest:

  • In March 2017, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) evaluated the carcinogenicity of welding, molybdenum trioxide, and indium tin oxide. Based on the evaluation, molybdenum trioxide and indium tin oxide were both classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). Welding fumes and ultraviolet (UV) radiation from welding were classified as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1), based on sufficient evidence linking these exposures to lung cancer and ocular melanoma, respectively. Our results show that approximately 87,000 welders are exposed to artificial UV radiation. For more information, visit our artificial UV radiation profile and our summary package on carcinogen exposures in welders.
  • Most childcare facilities in Canada are not tested for radon. This radioactive gas can build up in indoor environments, including childcare centres where children and workers may be exposed. To help address this, the Canadian Environmental Law Association and partners compiled a list of four possible policy measures to address radon exposure in childcare settings. This includes childcare licensing rules, building codes, and the rules governing both occupational health and safety and public health. For more information on exposure to radon, visit our radon resources page.

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.

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January 2017 e-Bulletin

January 2017 e-Bulletin

SPOTLIGHT ON ANTINEOPLASTIC AGENTS

Upcoming webinar featuring updated workplace exposure estimates

We’ve recently updated our occupational estimates of exposure for antineoplastic agents. These drugs are used to treat cancer, but are also associated with increased cancer risk in workplace settings. Results show that approximately 75,000 Canadians are exposed to antineoplastic agents at work, most of which work as pharmacy staff, nurses, and cleaning workers. Visit the antineoplastic agents page to learn more.

On February 16th, 2017 we’re hosting a webinar in partnership with WorkSafeBC on exposure to antineoplastic agents in Canadian workplaces. The webinar will cover who’s exposed to antineoplastic agents in Canada, where those exposures are occurring, and what levels workers are exposed to. WorkSafeBC will outline best practices for reducing exposures, including legal requirements, risk assessment, and communication and training approaches.

COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE

Recordings from Radon Awareness Month

During Radon Awareness Month in November 2016, our team shared CAREX radon resources and data with various audiences, resulting in the following recordings:

  • Recognizing Radon (podcast): Our Occupational Exposures Lead Dr. Cheryl Peters spoke to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety about radon exposure at home and at work, our new occupational exposure estimates, and how to reduce exposures. The podcast is available on the CCOHS website.
  • Radon in schools: What students, parents, and teachers need to know (webinar): We hosted a webinar in partnership with the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation, where our Principal Investigator Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol and others discussed radon exposure and testing in Canadian schools. The recorded webinar is available on our Videos page.

Visit our Radon Resources page for more information related to this exposure.

UPDATING RESOURCES

Offering up-to-date information about carcinogens in Canada

Our website offers profiles on more than 75 environmental and occupational carcinogens relevant to the Canadian population. We are currently implementing a full update of all our carcinogen profiles, including up to date information on regulations and guidelines, main uses, and Canadian production and trade. In particular, our metal profiles (e.g. lead, nickel, cobalt, and chromium) have undergone extensive updates that reflect changes in Canadian mining priorities and practices. Visit our Profiles and Estimates page to view the updated metal profiles.

PARTNER UPDATE

Banning asbestos in Canada

In December 2016, the federal government announced that it would ban asbestos and asbestos-containing products in Canada by 2018. Our estimates show that approximately 152,000 Canadians are exposed to asbestos at work, and many more may be environmentally exposed during home renovations, from asbestos-containing products, or through contaminated clothing from family members who work with asbestos. Organizations such as the Canadian Labour CongressCanadian Environmental Law Association, and Canadian Cancer Society have used our data and resources to help support their efforts to reduce exposure to this known carcinogen, including calls for a ban. Visit our Profile on asbestos for more information and resources related to this exposure.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

New report on cancer prevention in Ontario

Cancer Care Ontario recently released their 2016 Prevention System Quality Index: Monitoring Ontario’s Efforts in Cancer Prevention report, which identifies opportunities to reduce exposure and implement cancer prevention initiatives in Ontario. The report focuses on policy and program indicators related to cancer risk factors, including CAREX Canada priorities:

To view the full report, visit the Cancer Care Ontario website.

Subscribe to our newsletters

The CAREX Canada team offers two regular newsletters: the biannual e-Bulletin summarizing information on upcoming webinars, new publications, and updates to estimates and tools; and the monthly Carcinogens in the News, a digest of media articles, government reports, and academic literature related to the carcinogens we’ve classified as important for surveillance in Canada. Sign up for one or both of these newsletters below.

CAREX Canada

Faculty of Health Sciences

Simon Fraser University
Harbour Centre Campus
2602 – 515 West Hastings St
Vancouver, BC  V6B 5K3
CANADA

© 2022 CAREX Canada