06/14/2013


The Independent Fact-Finding Panel on Herbicide 2,4,5-T released its report to the Province yesterday.

The Panel investigated the use of this herbicide by Government of Ontario ministries and agencies between 1940 and 1980 and examined whether exposure to 2,4,5-T herbicide may have potential health impacts on provincial employees. This herbicide was banned in Ontario in 1980.

The study created scenarios for exposure relating to brush control (MNR), clearing rights of ways (Ontario Hydro) and weed and brush removal along roadways (MTO).

Based on some of the exposure assessment scenarios, it was determined that contact substantially exceeded safe thresholds in some groups of provincial employees.

The Province has posted on line over 4,000 records pertaining to the use of this herbicide.

If provincial employees have concerns about potential past workplace exposure to 2,4,5-T, they should contact the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) at 1-800-387-0750.  The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board would adjudicate claims from workers who believe exposure to this chemical has resulted in health issues. This report will assist the WSIB in this work to determine if there was a possible overexposure.

Our suggestion to municipal governments is to provide a similar approach and direction where a municipal employee may have been exposed to this chemical.