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.

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Lung cancer – Priority carcinogens

This list of occupational and environmental lung carcinogens was drawn from IARC’s List of Classifications with sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in humans, filtered for priority exposures according to CAREX Canada’s exposure estimate results.

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Traffic-related air pollutants – priority carcinogens

Approximately one third of the Canadian population is exposed to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) where they live. This list of known and suspected TRAP carcinogens was drawn from IARC’s List of Classifications, filtered for priority exposures according to CAREX Canada’s exposure estimate results.

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IARC classifies five organophosphate pesticides, including glyphosate

The CAREX Canada team monitors evaluations by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as part of our ongoing surveillance of Canadians’ exposures to known and suspected carcinogens. IARC recently assessed the carcinogenicity of five organophosphate pesticides: glyphosate, malathion, diazinon, tetrachlorvinphos, and parathion.

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New results for levels and burden of exposure to diesel exhaust in workplaces

Thanks to a collaborative effort with scientists from the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, our occupational exposures team was able to estimate the levels of exposure to diesel engine exhaust in Canadian workplaces. Results show the majority of workers exposed to diesel exhaust are in the low exposure category, with a significant number at risk for moderate to high exposure.

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