April 26: Study on Workplace Carcinogens Released

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IRSST researchers released a first profile of Québec workers exposed to carcinogenic circumstances or substances. They compiled exposure estimates for 38 known and probable carcinogens and then estimated the number of workers potentially exposed to each by industrial sector. They concluded that the ten substances or circumstances to which workers are exposed in greater proportions:

  • Solar radiation (6.6%)
  • Regular night-shift or rotating-shift work (6.0%);
  • Diesel exhaust (4.4%)
  • Wood dust (2.9%)
  • Polycyclical aromatic hydrocarbons (excluding diesel fumes) (2.0%)
  • Benzene (1.7%)
  • Silica (1.5%)
  • Lead (1.3%)
  • Artificial ultraviolet rays (1.1%)
  • Mineral oils (1.0%).