Sun Safety at Work: Workers

Sun Safety at Work: Workers

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In Canada, outdoor work increases during the
summer months, and as a worker, you need to be aware of the
dangers of sun exposure and heat stress. Sun exposure is the leading cause of skin
cancer in Canada, and outdoor workers are 2.5 to 3.5 times more
likely to develop skin cancer than indoor workers. More than 85,000 Canadians were diagnosed
with skin cancer in 2015, and these rates are increasing. You should also recognize the signs and symptoms
of heat stress: extreme fatigue, nausea, dizziness, confusion,
muscle cramps, and fast, shallow breathing. Since a decrease in alertness is also an early
symptom, you may not know when you’re in danger. If you or a co-worker exhibit symptoms of
heat stress, seek medical treatment immediately. Your first safeguard against sun exposure
and heat stress is using tents or shade structures on machinery
and equipment. Schedule your hardest physical tasks for the
coolest parts of the day, or outside the hottest hours of 11am to 3pm, which is also when UV levels are highest. Your employer should schedule work-rest cycles
to allow you enough time to cool down in a shaded area. And drink lots of water — frequently. Your last line of defence against sun exposure
and heat stress is personal protection. Wear sunscreen, and don’t forget to reapply
it throughout the day. You should also wear long sleeves, hats, and
sunglasses or safety glasses with UV protection. Exposure to ultra violet rays can lead to
eye damage, even during the winter months. Loose-fitting clothes made from fabrics such
as cotton or silk allow air to pass through. This will help cool your body by evaporating sweat. Wide-brimmed hats provide shade for your head,
face, and neck. If you have to wear a hardhat, use a brim
attachment and neck flap to provide added protection and shade for your neck. Working outdoors in the summer months can
be a safe and enjoyable experience, as long as you plan for your workday, and protect yourself with a few simple measures.


  1. At 2:37 minute of video: … silk and coton fabric allow air to pass through to keep cool your body… As we know, all fabrics don't protect the same way, those in coton blocks only 5-7% of harmful sun rays and sun protective fabrics with (UPF 50+) block 98% of sun's rays. Also, usually they are technical fabric and breathable. What do you think?

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