A new project to raise awareness and support for workers exposed to McIntyre Powder has launched a website which includes a voluntary worker registry.
From 1943 until about 1979, Ontario miners were routinely treated with inhalable aluminum dust, known as McIntyre Powder, named after the Timmins, Ontario mine which patented the therapy. The experimental treatment, intended to protect against silica-related disease, was widely used where silica exposure was common especially in mines and in ceramic and brick factories. Many mine workers treated with the aluminum dust have experienced serious health effects from neurological disease to cancer.
The McIntyre Powder Project
offers support and information to affected workers and their survivors. The project’s voluntary registry helps document workers’ exposures and health impacts. Ultimately, the project hopes to build support for both new research into the long-term consequences of these work exposures and fair compensation for affected workers and their families.
The Project is hosting an information table in Timmins this weekend.
What? McIntyre Powder Project Information table
When? Saturday, June 20, 2015 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where? Timmins Square Mall (near Lids store)
To learn more about the McIntyre Powder Project or to share your own experience:
Email: Janice Martell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other related resources:
McIntyre Powder Project seeks justice for exposed miners
WHSC offers a wide range of training programs
to help workplace parties understand their legal duties and responsibilities related to workplace hazards including the prevention of toxic exposures. Many of these resources also offer essential insight into the information and tools needed to eliminate or reduce harmful workplace and environmental exposures.
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