The Canadian Cancer Society supports the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

04 October 2013

Montreal -

The Canadian Cancer Society supports the

Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

 

Montreal, October 4, 2013 — The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is pleased to team up with the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) to promote a document titled Are there carcinogens in your workplace? It's time to act! The document is designed for occupational health and safety managers as well as employers and workers.

 

Like the IRSST, the CCS is concerned for workers who are exposed to chemical, physical or biological substances that can cause cancer. Workers in professional settings may be exposed to higher concentrations of these substances than the general public, placing them at greater risk of developing cancer.

 

“Unfortunately, a certain number of cancer cases are imputable to the workplace,” states Jacinthe Hovington, Director, Prevention and Health Promotion at the Canadian Cancer Society – Quebec Division. “Prevention is crucial and it must start as early as possible so as to prevent future cancer cases and save lives. Therefore, it is essential for workers and employers to be aware of the issue and to take action.”

 

The CCS would like to point out that workers in many industrial sectors, including among others construction and wood workers, miners, painters, people who work with pesticides or in the chemical products, rubber or colouring industries, are more frequently exposed to carcinogenic substances than workers in other sectors. These substances include arsenic, asbestos, benzene, cadmium, chromium, radon, and vinyl chloride. Sun exposure is, for its part, the carcinogen to which the greatest number of workers are exposed.

 

To find out more about workplace exposure to cancer risk, visit cancer.ca or irsst.qc.ca.

 

For 75 years, the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the fight for life. All these years, we have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research, and support people touched by the disease. From this foundation, we will work with Canadians to change cancer forever so fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive. To know more about cancer, visit our website at cancer.ca or call our Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

 

Information:

André Beaulieu, Spokesperson and Senior Advisor, Public Relations

Canadian Cancer Society – Quebec Division

abeaulieu@quebec.cancer.ca 514 393-3444