Exposure to carcinogenic (cancer-causing) agents at work
Occupational exposures to carcinogens are estimated to cause over 5000 new cases of cancer in Australia each year.
A much higher proportion of males than females are exposed to carcinogens at work, particularly those who hold a trade and are residing in regional areas. The risk of exposure cancer-causing agents is greatest for farmers, drivers, miners and transport workers.
The Occupational Exposures to Carcinogens in Australia lists 38 cancer causing agents of high priority and specific to Australian workplaces.
The most common workplace cancers in Australia are:
- Bronchus and lung
- Nose and nasal sinus
Prevention is better than a cure
Putting in place control measures for carcinogenic hazards is the only way to reduce your cancer risk at work. Cancer Council has produced information to help reduce the risk of exposure to carcinogens at work, designed for both employers and employees.
Click on the links to find the following information:
- The most common workplace cancers in Australia
- Common carcinogens
- Specific information about asbestos, diesel, welding, tobacco and UV exposure at work
- Our cancer risk quiz and information about lifestyle cancer risks
- The Healthy Workplace Guide
- 9 Steps to implementing cancer smart workplace guidelines
- Sun safety information for employers
- The Cancer Council UV Alert to add to your website or phone.