Five percent of Canada’s working population is exposed to cancer-causing diesel engine exhaust (DEE) at work, according to CAREX Canada
Here in Ontario, more than 300,000 workers are exposed. A recent report
concluded these exposures cause 170 lung and 45 bladder cancers in workers annually. This same report also highlighted a significant regulatory gap
in Ontario citing a complete lack of occupational exposure limits (OEL) for whole diesel exhaust or diesel particulate matter. And although Ontario just closed public consultations on a proposed OEL for diesel, the level the Ministry of Labour is proposing falls well short of what scientists believe
is needed to protect exposed workers. The Ministry proposes an OEL of 160 µg/m3
for diesel particulate matter (DPM) measured as total carbon; while the globally-recognized Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) recommends lowering the OEL
to 20 µg/m3
(elemental carbon) for the mining industry and 5 µg/m3
(elemental carbon) for all other workplaces.
A webinar scheduled for Tuesday, June 5, 2018 will convey the importance of recognizing DEE as a workplace hazard, who is exposed, specific ways to assess exposure, along with measures to eliminate or reduce occupational exposure. Other issues to be discussed include regulations and guidelines here in Canada and around the world.
Diesel Exposure in Workplaces—Webinar
Tuesday, June 5, 2018—2 pm to 3 pm (Eastern Time)
Open to all and free
This webinar is presented in partnership with CAREX Canada
, the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC)
and Ontario’s Occupational Disease Action Plan (ODAP) Working Group on Diesel Exhaust.
Read WHSC-related articles:
• Research questions safe level of exposure to diesel engine exhaust
• Groundbreaking report focuses on occupational cancer prevention in Ontario
• Cancer burden of diesel exhaust steep for exposed workers
The Workers Health & Safety Centre assists workplace parties through training programs
and information services
. Specific to the issue of harmful diesel engine exhaust, WHSC offers vehicle emissions hazard awareness training along with a hazard fact sheet
Need more information about how the WHSC can help your workplace with health and safety training or information? Call us at 1-888-869-7950 and ask to speak with a training services representative.