Miners work with and around a variety of contaminants that are known or suspected kidney carcinogens. In summary, there is sufficient evidence in the literature to support the association between kidney cancer and occupational exposure to ionizing radiation (radon and gamma radiation from minerals). Furthermore, there is the potential for considerable occupational exposure to ionizing radiation in mining operations.
Last updated: January 24, 2020
Todd Irick, M.Sc., CIH, Occupational Hygienist, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)
Occupational Hygiene Review by:
Dr. Kevin Hedges, Ph.D., B.Sc., MAppSc., CIH, COH, Occupational Hygienist, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW)