Coquitlam Firefighters Local 1782
B.C. now recognizes testicular cancer as an occupational hazard for firefighters.
Updated On: Nov 23, 2008

Testicular cancer a hazard for firefighters David Hogben Vancouver Sun Wednesday, May 28, 2008 B.C. now recognizes testicular cancer as an occupational hazard for firefighters. Labour and Citizens' Services Minister Olga Illich announced the change of policy Tuesday at the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Association's biennial convention in Victoria, where she also announced the recognition of lung cancer as an occupational hazard for non-smoking firefighters. The Firefighters' Occupational Disease Regulation recognizes various types of cancer as occupational diseases consistent with long-term exposure suffered by firefighters. Firefighters who develop the diseases no longer need to establish that the disease was caused by work-related exposure to be covered by WorkSafeBC benefits. "If a firefighter develops one of the listed cancers after certain periods of employment, it will be presumed that the cancer arose from that individual's employment. "The onus will now be on WorkSafeBC or the employer to bring forward proof to establish why a disabled firefighter should not be eligible for compensation, rather than placing the burden of proof on a sick firefighter," the labour ministry stated in a background document. B.C. already recognizes brain cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, ureter cancer, colorectal cancer and primary leukemia as occupational diseases associated with firefighting. © The Vancouver Sun 2008

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