From asbestos to lead paint and beyond, the Canadian Cancer Society is putting $1 million towards a long term study of 44 cancer causing materials in the workplace. With prevention as a goal, the four-year study looks to provide data that links workplace exposure to those known or suspected cancer causing agents and 27 forms of cancer. The human and economic costs will be the focus of their conclusions and researchers hope the results will actually quantify for the first time the threat of these serious workplace illnesses in this country.
Dr Paul Demers, director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre and leader of the team of scientists, epidemiologists and health economists that will undertake the research hopes the data will go into rethinking regulations on workplace hazards. “At the end of the study we will have solid data which will ultimately help guide industry leaders and policy makers to decide where to change, strengthen or enforce regulations on workplace exposures in order to help prevent workplace-related cancers,” explained Dr. Paul Demers in a statement.
When it comes to the deadly results of asbestos exposure, including mesothelioma and other lung cancers, the results are already in. No amount of exposure is considered safe although the study will help to provide hard data as to the actual rates of cancer that result from it; one of the goals of the study is to provide estimates of the future incidence of illness in specific workplace situations.
Many of the residential uses of asbestos actually involve asbestos in a mixture and is considered safe as long as that mixture is intact. The danger comes when it deteriorates and crumbles and becomes airborne – or friable.
- Asbestos remediation is possible in many cases if removal is deemed to be too disruptive.
- You should be aware of where asbestos is located in your home and keep an eye on it regularly for damage or deterioration.
- It will be crucial information when you do any renovations.
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