June 14, 1948 (20th Parliament, 4th Session)


Mr. MAYBANK: (Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Health and Welfare)


1. The industrial health division of the Department of National Health and Welfare is co-operating with the departments of health of the provinces of Nova Scotia and Alberta in specific studies of silicosis, lead poisoning and carbon monoxide poisoning as these diseases occur in the groups of establishments surveyed. The federal department has assigned specially trained personnel and has carried out field and laboratory estimations on the air contamination
responsible for the diseases under study. This co-ordination of federal and provincial facilities has already resulted in one province creating a permanent industrial health agency.
During the past year, the industrial health division provided information to various industries and provincial governments in regard to the following matters: expansion of the
occupational disease schedule under workmen's compensation acts, effectiveness of ultraviolet fight and glycol sprays in the control of airborne infections, assessment and control of carbon tetrachloride hazard, the control of dermatitis in several industrial processes, and the status of ozone in the control of carbon monoxide poisoning.
In co-operation with the industrial hygiene division of Ontario, the division has just completed the preparation of a manual on the diagnosis of occupational diseases which will serve as a reference guide for general medical practitioners.
2. Yes. During the past year, the division distributed to industry over 150,000 posters and pamphlets dealing with various aspects of industrial health. The usefulness and practical nature of the division's educational material is demonstrated by the fact that industries across Canada have requested over
25,000 copies of the recently issued pamphlet "Skin Diseases in Industry". The division also issues a monthly industrial health bulletin to 25,000 English and 10,000 French industrial subscribers. The interest in this bulletin has been considerable, and increasing requests for copies are being received from Canadian firms as well as from many foreign countries.

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