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  • June 03, 2015

Ontario Helping to Reduce Workplace Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities

Province Investing $2.7 Million to Improve Occupational Health and Safety

Ontario is taking the health and safety of workers quite seriously and has awarded grants to universities, health care organizations and research institutes to study topics relating to occupational health and safety.

This year the province is supporting 13 research projects related to vulnerable workers, high-hazard activities and occupational disease through the Research Opportunities Program, including projects about:

  • Whether exposure to workplace diesel and gasoline engine exhausts increase the risk of developing kidney cancer in men
  • The relationship between employment in the Ontario mining industry and the prevalence of lung cancer and chronic respiratory diseases
  • The frequency of injury among community-based Personal Support Workers

Improving occupational health and safety is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

QUOTES

"Reducing workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities is our top priority, and we’ve made great strides by reducing workplace injuries by 40% since 2003, but there’s always more that can be done. These projects will provide evidence that will help us focus our planning and spread best practices so we can continue to reduce injuries and save lives in workplaces across Ontario."

- Kevin Flynn Minister of Labour

QUICK FACTS

  • Funding applications went through a five-step review process, including an evaluation by an external body of researchers.
  •  Since 2003, workplace injuries in Ontario have decreased by 40 per cent.

  

 

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