Canada’s Move to Help Prevent Occupational Disease

In a move to raise awareness of health risks in the workplace, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), and Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers collaborated to create a new website, Prevent Occupational Disease.

The site is intended to help employers, supervisors, safety and health practitioners, and workers increase their understanding of occupational diseases and best practices for preventing them.

The resources provided on the website explain:

  • The science and mechanics of prevention;
  • Common hazards and their identification, exposure assessment and control;
  • Specific occupations and industries where the risk of developing occupational disease is higher; and
  • Internationally recognized occupational diseases, including cancer, respiratory and skin diseases, and musculoskeletal disorders.

The site will be continually updated with new content and welcomes relevant submissions of free, accessible, non-commercial resources from around the world through its online form, according to the partner organizations.

Ron Kelusky, assistant deputy minister and chief prevention officer with the Ministry of Labor, said, ” Occupational disease is a critical issue in Ontario.
This website is an excellent step in raising awareness and fostering change by gathering trusted resources and tools in an accessible location,to educate and assist workplaces in their prevention efforts.”