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OEH Seminar: Cancer surveillance among plastics and rubber manufacturing workers in the Ontario workforce

Occupational exposure to agents used in plastics and rubber manufacturing have been associated with elevated risk of certain cancers. Cancer risks among workers employed in occupations and industries with these exposures were evaluated as part of an ongoing surveillance program in the Ontario workforce. Compared to the rest of the workforce, results showed elevated incidence rates of lung and digestive system cancers among workers employed in plastic and rubber materials processing occupations. Women employed as labourers and moulders in plastic product fabricating occupations had an elevated rate of breast cancer. Findings suggest these occupational groups could be targeted for prevention efforts.

Presenter(s): Dr. Nathan De Bono

Nathan De Bono is an epidemiologist working as a scientific lead at the Occupational Cancer Research Centre at Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario). He is also an Assistant Professor (status) in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He previously worked as the principal investigator of a study investigating mortality at an automotive manufacturing facility in collaboration with the United Autoworkers (UAW) union. He is a former trainee with the U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) doctoral training program in Epidemiology. 


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


The Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar Series is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The series is also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI), and by the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH) for Registration Maintenance (RM) points. For more information, please contact Elaina MacIntyre (elaina.macintyre@oahpp.ca). 


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Published 13 Feb 2020