Working outdoors puts many at high risk for skin cancer
If you work outdoors, you have a high risk for developing skin cancer because you are regularly exposed to the sun for long periods of time, according to the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA).
Adding to the danger for outdoor workers is the fact that you are often in the sun during those times in the day when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which will harm the skin, is at its strongest, between 12 noon and 2 pm.
The CDA is focusing on sun safety for outdoor workers during its National Sun Awareness Campaign now underway. The good news is that skin cancer is largely preventable. You can protect yourself in these ways:
These FREE materials on sun safety are available for you to print out.
To order new CDA materials on sun safety at work and view pricing, click order form [pdf].
Manual – This 50-page manual was developed for human resources professionals to introduce a complete sun safety program for outdoor workers in their organization. Includes a comprehensive explanation of sun and skin issues; current legislation on the workplace; suggested sun safety measures; developing sun safety policy, and Canadian educational materials available.
DVD – This 10 minute program, aimed at outdoor workers, will help this group learn the facts about skin cancer and find out safe, easy ways to protect themselves. Also features a section on what skin cancers look like.
Brochure – This 3-panel brochure, which will fit into most office brochure racks, explains why outdoor workers have a greater risk of skin cancer and offers simple sun safety steps they can take. It also features common sun safety myths and facts, as well as FAQs on this topic.
Poster – This mid-sized poster (14.5 inches by 9.5 inches) is suitable for office notice boards or patients rooms. It features workers in various outdoor locations and promotes sun safety through seeking shade, wearing hats, clothing and sunscreen.