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CCOHS-OHCOW website focuses on occupational disease

Will help manufacturers increase their understanding of illnesses and ways to prevent them.


HAMILTON — The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) are collaborating to create Prevent Occupational Disease, an online repository of occupational disease resources from Canada and around the world.

The website, aimed at reducing illness and fatalities associated with occupational sources, is intended to help employers, supervisors, safety and health practitioners, and workers increase their understanding of occupational diseases and how to prevent them.

Occupational diseases (such as cancer, musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory diseases) are caused by exposure to hazardous substances or environments in the workplace or as part of work activities.

The resources provided in Prevent Occupational Disease, relate to 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.

Prevent Occupational Disease 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.

Visit the website at www.preventoccdisease.ca.

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