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Avoiding occupational diseases

What can you do?

  • Find out what materials and substances are being used in your workplace.
  • Find out how to work safely around materials and equipment in your workplace. Your supervisor is required to provide you with this information and appropriate training. You can also contact your joint health and safety committee or representative.
  • Use protective equipment provided by your employer. Make sure that you know how to use it properly. If you don’t know, ask.
  • Be alert to symptoms or changes in your health.
  • Tell your doctor where you work, what you do, and what substances you work with.

Keep records

  • Keep a list of all the jobs and industries that you have worked in. It will help if you need to file an occupational disease claim with the WSIB.
  • If you think that you have an occupational disease please see making an Occupational Disease Claim.

Making an Occupational Disease Claim

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