Be safe at work
Cancer-causing substances at work are responsible for a small percentage of cancers. Know your risk and protect yourself.
Governments, employers and employees must all do their part to reduce exposure to carcinogens in workplaces.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral used in construction and other industries because it is durable and resists high heat. Exposure to asbestos is highest for people who work with it.
Formaldehyde is a chemical widely used in various industries and as a preservative and disinfectant. People who are exposed to formaldehyde at work have higher levels of exposure than people who may be exposed in their homes.
Radiation is energy that travels through space in the form of waves or particles. There are 2 types of radiation: ionizing and non-ionizing. Exposure varies by type of radiation.
Sun and UV
UV rays are a source of non-ionizing radiation. Outdoor workers are at greater risk of developing skin cancer than indoor workers.
Shift work and the circadian rhythm
The circadian rhythm is the body’s internal clock. If you have a job or schedule that disrupts your sleep and wake hours, it’s hard on your body and may increase your risk of health concerns.
Pesticides are chemicals used to kill or control insects, plants, animals or other pests. Occupations like farmers and golf course workers use pesticides in their work.