Outdoor Work Employers

You can help prevent skin damage and lower the risk of skin cancer!

sun exposure an occupational hazard

Face the Facts

For outdoor workers, sun exposure is a serious occupational hazard.

Outdoor workers are up to 2.5 – 3.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with skin cancer than indoor workers. Outdoor workers are also at risk for developing heat stress when working in the sun.

Saskatchewan has the second highest number of workers exposed to UVR on the job per capita in all of Canada.

Agriculture, construction, mining, and oil and gas extraction industries have a high number of workers exposed to UVR on the job, but all outdoor occupations have a potential for exposure.

Sun safety should be an important part of an Occupational Health and Safety Management System.

For information for employers and workers, visit Sun Safety at Work Canada. You’ll find resources and how to instructions to implement a model sun safety program. For information about occupational exposure to UVR, visit CAREX Canada

protecting your employees

Sun Safety at Work

The sun’s rays are harmful all year round but especially from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. between April and September.

Seek shade when you can. Use tents, tarps or canopies at work when possible and take your breaks in the shade.

Wear loose protective clothing and hats that cover as much skin as possible. A brim or neck flap can be attached to caps or hardhats to protect your face, ears and neck.

Use sunscreen labeled “broad spectrum” and “water resistant” with a sun protection factor (SPF) or at least 30. Apply sunscreen generously and re-apply frequently.

Use a lip balm with an SPF of at least 15.
Wear safety glasses, sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses with UV-protective lenses.

Become a champion for sun safety at work. Ask your employer about your workplace’s policies and practices to reduce exposure to UVR.

For information about how these tailored sun safety messages for outdoor workers were created, visit the article in the Journal of Safety and Health at Work.