The IRSST just published a report entitled Thermal Stress and Chemicals – Knowledge Review and the Highest Risk Occupations in Québec. Exposure to cold or heat triggers a series of compensatory physiological responses enabling the human body to maintain its internal temperature despite thermal stress. These thermoregulation mechanisms are well documented and the resulting physiological changes can modify organ functions related to the absorption and metabolism of chemical substances.
The IRSST just published the first report that estimates Quebec workers’ exposure to carcinogens. This document is a significant contribution to knowledge in this area, and the findings should be of use to anyone interested in this problem.
Exposure estimates were compiled for 38 carcinogenic substances listed in Schedule I of the Regulation respecting occupational health and safety (designation C1,