Creating a UV Aware Work Environment - Employees Workplace Health

Sunlight is the greatest source of Ultraviolet (UV) radiation. If you work outdoors or are exposed to other sources of UV radiation at work you need to keep yourself protected from the dangers of overexposure.

In addition to the risks of skin cancer, UV radiation can result in cataracts, a weakened immune system and medication reactions.

If You Work Outdoors

  • If possible limit your time in the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. 
  • Look for shade or create shaded areas for outdoor activities. 
  • Wear clothing to cover arms and legs. 
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim. 
  • Put on UV protective sunglasses. 
  • Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 (Sun Protection Factor) or higher that gives protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and after swimming or sweating 
  • Check the UV Index daily external link
  • Work with your employer to develop a UV radiation policy external link for outdoor workers

If You Work Indoors and are Exposed to UV Radiation 

  • Learn more about sources of UV radiation in the workplace external link
  • Make sure your protective equipment is Canadian Safety Association (CSA) approved 
  • Wear protective equipment whenever your in a UV environment

UV Radiation Exposure at Play

Practicing sun safety when on weekends or on vacation is important for the health of you and your family. Follow the outdoor recommendations listed above.

Related Links

Outdoor Workers Exposed to the Sun external link
Canada Safety Council
Ultraviolet Radiation in the Workplace external link
Ontario Ministry of Labour 
Being Safe in the Sun external link
Canadian Cancer Society