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Respirable crystalline silica (RCS) is a lung carcinogen and causes silicosis, a fibrotic lung disease. RCS exposure is a problem in construction where many materials contain high levels of quartz. Construction is a high-paced continually changing work environment that challenges traditional risk assessment paradigms. In this project, researchers regulators and industry collaborated to create an on-line tool for the construction industry that enables timely quantitative RCS risk assessment. Dr. Davies will lay out the problem, the approach to tool development and the envisaged benefits.
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Presenter: Dr. Hugh Davies
Dr. Davies is an Associate Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Davies holds a PhD and MSc in Occupational Hygiene, and is a certified Occupational Hygienist (CIH). Dr. Davies researches chemical and physical exposures in the workplace and in the community, and how those exposures influence the health of populations. Dr. Davies leads the Canadian Workplace Exposure Database Project, currently being used in carcinogen surveillance and occupational cancer burden projects led by the Occupational Cancer Research Centre at Cancer Care Ontario. He is also the current President of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health.
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