Recognizing and preventing occupational disease

May 11th, 2005 by Julie Ferguson

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) recently held a national forum on Recognizing and Preventing Occupational Disease. and as a part of that forum, delegates participated in workshops where they developed new strategies for dealing with occupational disease. The preliminary results of these forums are posted as survey recommendations under the following categories:

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Occupational Cancer
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Stress
  • Workplace Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs/RSI)
  • General Occupational Diseases

Through Friday, May 13, site visitors can take the survey, although Canadian data only will be used in final results. In addition to offering recommendations from the survey, the site affords access to many of the presentations on occupational disease that were made at the forum, either in PowerPoint or PDF formats. The CCOHS is an extensive resource that may be less familiar to U.S. readers. It offers many excellent health and safety resources in English, French, and Spanish. Although the Canadian comp system and regulatory matters are different in Canada than in the U.S., worker health and safety issues are universal.