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Cancer in the workplace forum
‘Cancer in the workplace’ – a forum on practical solutions for prevention was held on 3 May 2012 in Carlton, Victoria, Australia.
The forum was designed to explore the issues of workplace cancer and the challenges facing employers in protecting their employees and communicating about cancer issues.
US toxic use reduction expert, Lucy Servidio, presented on the success of the Massachusetts Toxic Use Reduction Act and how agencies like the Toxic Use Reduction Institute worked with local companies to help them meet the requirements of the Act.
Lucy was joined by a host of Australian experts providing an informative and in-depth review of issues and initiatives to address growing concerns around workplace cancer. All presentations from the forum are available for download.
- Lucy Servidio, Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Marlborough, Massachusetts – Twenty years of making the Toxic Use Reduction Act work for business in Massachusetta
- Associate Professor Tim Driscoll, Sydney University – The occupational cancer burden: Australia and beyond
- Dr Peta Miller, SafeWork Australia – Preventing occupational cancer in 2022: Australia's strategic focus
- Michael Borowick, Australian Council of Trade Unions – The regulatory framework for hazardous substance in Australia: Time for an overhaul
- Professor Lin Fritschi, Western Institute of Medical Research – Occupational carcinogen exposure: The challenges of uncertainty and management (using shiftwork as an example).
- Geoff Farry, Asbestos Management Review – Progress to date - Asbestos Management Review
- Associate Professor David Dunstan, Baker IDI – Lifestyle and workstyle: Physical activity and work related cancer risks
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Learn more about:
Lucille Servidio (USA)
Lucy is Senior Vice President at Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. and has more than 30 years experience in environmental compliance including National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting, hazardous waste management, Emergency Planning and Community Right To Know (EPCRA) reporting (Tier 2, Form Rs), Environmental Management Programs™, environmental compliance auditing, pollution prevention planning, NPDES stormwater permitting and stormwater pollution planning, and consulting at all levels. Her specialty is Toxic Use Reduction (TUR) planning, permitting, reporting and environmental compliance issues facing industry. She has been involved with the development of at least 25 TUR plans for a variety of industries.Her effective TUR planning earned her the "Champion of Excellence" award from New England Chapter of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (NEACHMM) and a Certificate of Recognition for effective TUR planning from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute.
Professor Lin Fritschi
Professor Lin Fritschi is a cancer epidemiologist with a particular interest in occupational causes of cancer. She heads the Epidemiology Group at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research in Perth, Western Australia. Lin has led a number of large case-control and cohort studies looking at whether cancer is associated with exposure to workplace hazards, including traditional chemical hazards, as well as newly defined issues such as sedentary work and shiftwork. Lin is interested in improving the way we assess historical exposure to workplace exposures and has developed a new web-based application (OccIDEAS) to assist in this task.
Associate Professor Tim Driscoll
Tim Driscoll is an Associate Professor in epidemiology and occupational medicine in the Sydney School of Public Health at the University of Sydney and a specialist in occupational medicine and public health medicine. Tim has worked in various aspects of occupational cancer for 20 years, with a particular interest in surveillance of cancer and exposure to carcinogens, disease burden, asbestos-related cancers and appropriate investigation of concerns regarding cancer clusters.
Michael was elected as ACTU Assistant Secretary in November 2010. He oversees the work of the Communications, Campaigns, Occupational Health and Safety and Workers Compensation teams. Michael also represents the ACTU as a member of the National Workplace Relations Consultative Council, Safe Work Australia and the Defence Industry Innovation Council. Prior to his current position, Michael was an official of the Australian Workers’ Union for 20 years, where he was the Victorian Branch Assistant Secretary and a member of the AWU National Executive.
Professor Bernard Stewart
Professor Stewart is an internationally recognised expert in all aspects of environmental carcinogenesis (cancer causation), including the investigation of cancer clusters and medico-legal aspects of tobacco smoke-induced cancer. He has had extensive advisory involvement with International Agency for Research on Cancer and co-edited the World Cancer Report for the World Health Organisation. In 2008 Professor Stewart published a new approach to qualitative assessment of carcinogenic risks. A member of the Council of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia and an advisor to the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre, Professor Stewart has had a close association with Cancer Council Australia for more than 25 years. Currently, he is Chair of the Editorial Board of the Council’s professional journal Cancer Forum.
Geoff Fary brings an unusual combination of background and experiences to his role of Chairman of the Asbestos Management Review. Elected ACTU Assistant Secretary in 2007 and re-elected in 2009, he had responsibility for the peak council’s policy on OH&S - including asbestos. He previously worked as a labourer, shearer, administrator, Victorian Director of the Australian Trade Union Training Authority (TUTA), Chief of Staff to a federal Cabinet Minister, Human Resources Director & Company Director George Weston Foods Ltd, CEO of Industrial Relations Victoria, Employee Relations Manager for Nestlé Australia and Executive Director of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia (APESMA).
Associate Professor David Dunstan PhD
Associate Professor Dunstan is an ARC Future Fellow and the Head of the Physical Activity laboratory at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. His research focuses on the role of physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. His research program has attracted considerable external funding and he has been an invited speaker at international conferences, including the American Diabetes Association. In 2007, he was awarded a prestigious young Tall Poppy Science award (Victoria) from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science which recognises the achievements of Australia’s outstanding young scientific researchers.
- The occupational cancer burden: Australia and beyond
A/Professor Tim Driscoll,
The University of Sydney
- Preventing occupational cancer in 2011: Australia's strategic focus
Dr. Peta Miller,
Director National Strategy, SafeWork Australia
- Twenty years of making the Toxic Use Reduction Act work for business in Massachusetts
Senior Vice President, CAPACCIO Environment Engineering Massachusetta, USA
- The regulatory framework for hazardous substance in Australia: Time for an overhaul
Assistant Secretary, Australian Council of Trade Unions
- Occupational carcinogen exposure: The challenges of uncertainty and management (using shiftwork as an example)
Professor Lin Fritschi,
Western Australian Institute of Medical Research
- Progress to date - Asbestos Management Review
Independent Chair, Asbestos Management Review
- Lifestyle and workstyle: Physical activity and work related cancers
Associate Professor David Dunstan,
Click on the link below to view the full conference program.
Please find below a selection of organisations and websites for further information about environmental causes of cancer.
While we only link to sites we believe offer credible, evidence-based information, we cannot guarantee this information is correct or up-to-date.
For more online cancer resources go to Online information and resources
- IARC Monographs
- The Asbestos Management Review
- SafeWork Australia
- Toxic Use Reduction Institute
- Western Australian Institute of Medical Research – Urgent call to better protect Australian Workers
- Australian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
- Cancer Council Australia – National Cancer Prevention Policy
This page was last updated on: Thursday, August 16, 2012