Lung Cancer-Coke Oven Emissions Exposure


Primary lung cancer in coke oven workers in the steel industry is an occupational disease under sections 2(1) and 15 of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act as peculiar to and characteristic of exposure to coke oven emissions in the steel industry.


Entitlement criteria

Based on medical studies, workers with lung cancer claims are entitled to benefits when the following appropriate combinations of circumstances regarding exposure, latency, and cessation factors apply

The worker was employed for

  • 5 or more years in full time topside exposure


  • 10 or more years in mixed side-oven/topside exposure


  • 15 or more years in side-oven exposure only,


  • The inception (latency) period between the first exposure and appearance of lung cancer is at least 10 years,


  • The cessation interval (time between cessation of occupational risk and appearance of lung cancer)
    • in a smoker is 15 years or less


    • the cessation interval in a confirmed non-smoker or ex-smoker is 20 years or less.


Non-smoker - A person who has never smoked, even occasionally.

Ex-smoker - A person who has smoked during his/her lifetime but who has not smoked for the past 10 or more years.

Smoker - A person who currently smokes, or who has ceased smoking for less than the previous 10 years.

Application date

This policy applies to all accidents. Benefits are payable from the date of accident, which is the date of the diagnosis, or the first date that related symptoms are medically documented, whichever is earlier.

Document History

This document replaces 04-04-11.


Legislative Authority

Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, as amended

Sections 2(1), 15


Board of Directors
#8(XXII), June 10, 2004, Page 6620