Friday, July 5, 2013

Ontario workers exposed to Agent Orange

Ontario workers might have been exposed to Agent Orange, a recent report from an independent fact-finding panel has revealed.
On June 13, the provincial government released their report into the use of 2,4,5-T herbicide, or Agent Orange. The chemical was used in the forestry, transportation and agriculture industries in the province from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Among the potential health effects are Hodgkin’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, prostate cancer, and respiratory cancers, to name a few.
Dr. Leonard Ritter, a toxicologist at the University of Guelph who led the study, said that because records were not kept as diligently today as they were in the past, the results cannot determine exactly how many workers were exposed and at what levels.
“People didn’t measure exposures 50 years ago,” Ritter said, adding that those who applied the chemical, for instance using a backpack sprayer, would likely face a higher risk.


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