Evaluating prevention strategies to reduce the risk of work-related cancers in Ontario’s construction sector

Reasons for the study

Construction workers have an increased risk of cancer and other chronic diseases due to occupational exposures. They are exposed to a variety of toxic substances including dusts, fibres, metals, organic chemicals and solar radiation. This study is estimating future incidences of work-related cancers among construction workers in Ontario as a result of these exposures, and estimating the costs and benefits of intervention programs to reduce them.

Objectives of the study

  • To estimate the number of cancer cases due to carcinogen exposure in the Ontario construction sector that are likely to occur up to the year 2060
  • To identify prevention studies that could reduce airborne/dermal chemical and physical hazards in Ontario construction
  • To evaluate prevention strategies in terms of their costs and impacts on the future burden of occupational cancer in Ontario construction

Anticipated results/impact

The findings may help develop effective and cost-efficient prevention strategies to reduce the burden of occupational cancer among construction workers in Ontario.

Project status


Research team

Emile Tompa, Institute for Work & Health (PI)
Young Jung, Institute for Work & Health

Participating organizations

Infrastructure Health and Safety Association
Provincial Building and Constructions Trade Council of Ontario
Occupational Cancer Research Centre
Occupational Health Clinics of Ontario Workers

Funded by

European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Ontario Ministry of Labour