Today's News / Health / Environmental and Occupational Health

Workshop explores link between breast cancer, occupational chemical exposure

"Beyond Pink Ribbons"

February 3, 2012
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+

pink ribbonResearchers, auto workers, union reps and women's health advocates are meeting in Windsor, Ontario today to discussion the relationship between breast cancer and chemical exposures in the workplace.

The Canadian National Network on Environments and Women’s Health (NNEWH), based at York University, has been concerned about the growing body of literature linking breast cancer and other diseases with environmental and occupational exposures, and has partnered with the CAW to bring together workers and researchers for the event, titled "Beyond Pink Ribbons."

“The environmental health movement for too long now has focused on women as consumers and women as mothers, ignoring the hazards women face from toxic substances in the workplace,” says Dayna Nadine Scott, director of NNEWH. “If we are serious about breast cancer prevention – we will change that”.

NNEWH is working with Windsor-based researchers James Brophy and Margaret Keith, who have been studying the health profiles of women working in the plastics sector of the auto industry in Windsor.

“As consumers we’ve been told that there are health concerns with the off-gassing of plastics in new cars. If these pose a risk to consumers, then what health impact might this have on the workers - mainly women- who manufacture these parts for our cars daily?” notes Keith.

“Our research on the possible links between plastics manufacturing and breast cancer risk has found that the typical plastics work environment is a toxic soup of solvents and plastics smoke, dust and vapours. This is worrisome because many of these chemicals are cancer-causing agents or hormone disrupters, and the workers in these manufacturing plants are exposed day-in and day-out. It’s the chronic nature of these exposures that creates a real worry.” adds Brophy.

Organizers say they hope the workshop will produce an outline of the issues and strategies for positive change that draw on experiences in other countries.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to ISHN.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

Scenes from the World of Safety

Sights, signs & symbols from the National Safety Congress & Expo held in San Diego, CA, September 15-18

12/11/14 11:00 am EST

Why Flame Resistant Workwear? Understanding Workplace Hazards and OSHA Compliance

By defining the leading causes of flash fires, electric arc and molten metal splatter, we will address the ways in which companies can better protect their employees from such hazards through proper staff outfitting. In the topic, we will discuss the benefits of – and recent developments to – flame-resistant workwear and what to consider when creating a program for your employees.

ISHN Magazine

ISHN1214_cover.jpg

2014 December

Check out ISHN's last issue of the year, which features articles about distance learning, foot protection and confined space.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

THE ISHN STORE

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\ISHN\safetyfourth.jpg
Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

More Products

For Distributors Only - SEPTEMBER 2014

ISHN FDO SEPTEMBER 2014For Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. CHECK OUT THE SEPTEMBER 2014 ISSUE OF FDO HERE

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook logo Twitter YouTubeLinkedIn Google + icon

ishn infographics

2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.