Be safe at work
Your work environment may expose you to harmful chemicals or radiation that are linked to cancer. These cancer-causing substances are called carcinogens. Scientific evidence tells us that being exposed to carcinogens on the job is responsible for a small percentage of cancers.
Since higher exposure means greater cancer risk, the most important thing you can do to prevent cancer is to avoid being around these harmful substances – or reduce the time you’re around them.
Find out what you can do to protect yourself at work, and learn more about what kind of substances are harmful to your health.
- How do I know if my health is at risk at work?
- What governments and employers should do to protect workers
- What you can do to be safe at work
- How much do you know about workplace safety? (quiz)
- What is asbestos?
- Asbestos and cancer
- On the job: how you may be exposed to asbestos
- Learn more about asbestos on the job
- What is formaldehyde?
- Formaldehyde and cancer
- Is formaldehyde in your workplace?
- How to reduce your exposure to formaldehyde
- What is radiation?
- On the job: How to reduce your exposure to medical radiation?
- Radon in the workplace
Sun and UV
- Why do I need to protect myself from the sun when I work outside?
- How sun-savvy are you? (quiz)
- Learn more about solar radiation
Shift work and the circadian rhythm
- What is the circadian rhythm?
- Am I at a greater risk of cancer if I do shift work?
- Tips to reduce your risk from shift work
- What are pesticides?
- Pesticides and cancer
- The Canadian Cancer Society's perspective on pesticides
- 12 ways to protect you and your community from pesticides at work