Radon in schools: A summary of testing efforts across Canada

Testing is the only way to know if radon levels are elevated and remediation is required. Given that children and staff spend a considerable amount of time indoors in schools – where radon levels can build up over time – the CAREX Canada team sought to investigate radon testing in schools across Canada.

Carcinogens in the News

Carcinogens in the News is a monthly digest of media articles, government reports, and academic literature related to the carcinogens we’ve classified as important for surveillance in Canada. 

Population-level estimates of workplace exposure to secondhand smoke in Canada

Canadian Journal of Public Health - This study estimated the number of workers exposed to SHS in Canada in 2006 and 2016 and their level of exposure. The study authors found that the number of exposed workers decreased by 20% from 520,000 in 2006 to 418,000 in 2016, and that trades, transport and equipment operators, and workers in primary industry had the highest rates of overall exposure. The findings can help prioritize high-risk groups for interventions and inform studies of the burden of occupational disease. Read more »

Asbestos still leading cause of work-related deaths in the province: WorkSafe Sask.

CTV News - Disease related to asbestos exposure continues to be the leading cause of death in the province, WorkSafe Saskatchewan says. Asbestos accounts for 23 per cent of 388 work-related deaths in Saskatchewan between 2009 and 2018, WorkSafe said in a news release. Many homes and buildings built before 1990 still contain asbestos, so contractors and homeowners doing renovations may be putting themselves at risk of exposure to asbestos. Read More »

BC State of the Air Report

BC Lung Association - The 2019 BC State of the Air Report is now available. Published annually by the BC Lung Association’s Air Quality and Health Steering Committee, the report provides a snapshot of key air quality issues across the province and includes articles on volatile organic compounds (VOCs), air quality sensors and wildfire smoke. Read more »


The CAREX Canada e-Bulletin is a biannual summary of the project news. This includes details on upcoming webinars, new publications, updates to estimates and tools, and more.

Spring 2019 e-Bulletin

IN THIS ISSUE Spotlight on CAREX news – CAREX Canada launches new website Recent publications – New burden of cancer results now available, Sun Safety at Work Canada project results and new sun research in Alberta Partner update – Expanding CAREX through international collaborations Communications update – Two occupational disease websites launched Other updates – New Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control released

Fall 2018 e-Bulletin

IN THIS ISSUE Spotlight on radon – School testing increases in Canada, CELA publishes law and policy scan Additions to the CAREX team – Welcome Chantal Updating resources – New profile developed for carbon nanotubes, summaries for emerging issues Communications update – Asbestos ban established in Canada Recent publications – ON-DECK study results on occupational exposure and kidney cancer

May 2018 e-Bulletin

IN THIS ISSUE Spotlight on diesel engine exhaust – Upcoming webinar and burden of workplace cancer  Team news – Renewal and new appointment Updating resources – Updated occupational estimates for silica and shiftwork, new profile for furan  Partner update – Comic on cancer education for First Nations youth  Communications update - Canadian Air Pollutant Inventory, economic burden of workplace sun exposure 

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