Sun and UV
Why do I need to protect myself from the sun when I work outside?
Millions of Canadians are exposed to the sun on the job. Many of them spend 2 or more working hours in the sun every work day.
The bad news is that outdoor workers are at greater risk of developing skin cancer than indoor workers – in fact, their risk is 3 times greater. Eye cancer from long-term exposure to the sun is also a concern.
UV radiation is the main cause of skin cancer, the most common type of cancer. It's also one of the most preventable.
Workplaces can embed sun safety into their occupational health and safety management systems or program to protect their workers.
For information, resources, and a tool to help you build your own sun safety program, visit sunsafetyatwork.ca.