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Infectious Diseases

Occupational Cancer

Respiratory Diseases


Workplace Muskuloskeletal Disorders (WMSDs/RSI)

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  Forum Survey Results  
  Respiratory Diseases
Recommendations Rated “Most Important” by Canadians
  1.   Ensure medical practitioners are better educated in occupational diseases & illnesses (identification, recognition).  
  2.   Enable a central organization to develop and maintain an information database (like the U.S. NIOSH).  
  3.   Information - need consistency, good quality, national pooling with input from government, labour, agencies, medical community, industry, industry associations and labour organizations.  
  4.   Integrate resources of Labour, Environment, Public Health (in different jurisdictions) to form working groups to better understand causes of, raise awareness of & enforce regulations to prevent occupational respiratory diseases.  
  5.   Increase the resources available: 1) more dollars for education and awareness of occupational respiratory disease to workers, management, unions, and medical professionals 2) develop alternative products for substitutions and implement process improvements.  
  6.   Improve regulations and enforcement: 1) expand and provided detailed information coverage of all chemicals causing respiratory disease 2) decrease the occupational exposure limits (de-couple workplace exposure limits from the ACGIH TLVs and include local research) and 3) decrease the time needed between research gathering and policy-making.  
  7.   Identify and assess Occupational Respiratory Diseases through 1) resources (dollars) for increased research on cause and effect studies (epidemiological studies). 2) Tripartite involvement of government, industry and labour. 3) Improve hazard recognition & assessment of agents causing respiratory diseases & illnesses.  
  8.   Organization (federally and/or provincially funded) to ensure 1) education and guidelines for primary care workers and employers 2) research and 3) federal data registry including information on diseases and chemicals.  
  9.   Hire more industrial hygienists (through the enforcing regulatory departments) to audit, inspect and enforce best practices and legislation.  
  10.   Improve the leadership of all parties in matters of recognition and prevention - such as government, WCBs, researchers, etc.  
  11.   Sustained social marketing for awareness of the issue of occupational respiratory disease.  
  12.   Improving workplace systems and developing control programs: cost-benefit analysis, proforma statement, compensation, re-engineering, etc. (chicken-egg theory).  

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