Sun Exposure – Sun Safety at Work Canada project launches website
Oct 1, 2016 (Vancouver, BC) – CAREX Canada is a partner in the Sun Safety at Work Canada (SSAWC) project, a sun safety program for outdoor workers that has developed processes and resources to enhance sun safety in workplaces. The project team recently launched this website - sunsafetyatwork.ca - to support workplaces in helping to protect their employees from the dangers of exposure to sunlight.
SSAWC is led by Thomas Tenkate, professor and director of the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University in Toronto. In the first phase of the project, the team recruited 16 parks or utilities workplaces in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Ontario to pilot sun safety interventions. The second phase involved engaging with stakeholders and developing the website.
The SSAWC website contains various resources, including posters and fact sheets on sun and heat stress safety. It also hosts a set of videos, developed in partnership with WorkSafeBC, which illustrate the dangers of sun exposure and heat stress, and describe what workers and employers can do to prevent it:
CAREX exposure estimates were used to inform the priority workplaces for SSAWC. These estimates show that approximately 1.5 million Canadians are exposed to sun on the job. The largest industrial groups exposed in Canada are construction, farming, and building care and maintenance. The detailed exposure estimate is available under our Profiles and Estimates tab.
CAREX Canada will join other partners in mobilizing the resources that SSAWC has created across the country. Lindsay Forsman-Phillips, our new Project Manager who previously worked as a Sun Safety Advisor for SSAWC in BC, will lead this work for CAREX. To learn more about how CAREX Canada can support your organization or workplace to enhance sun safety for outdoor workers, please contact Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sun Safety at Work Canada is a Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP) project funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.