250 News - Your News, Your Views, Now

October 27, 2017 9:45 pm

Reducing Risks of Working In the Sunshine

Friday, August 5, 2016 @ 5:45 AM

Prince George, B.C.- It is the time of  year when  there is lots of outdoor  work being  done and while this summer in Prince George has been a wet one so far,  outdoor workers  and their employers need to take precautions  when the sun is shining.  WorkSafe BC   says that  between 2011 and 2015,  it  accepted six claims for malignant skin cancer  caused by work related  sun exposure.

“Every Canadian can benefit from reducing sun exposure, including Canadian workers,” says Al Johnson, Vice President, Prevention Services at WorkSafeBC. “Here in B.C. preventing skin cancer and other occupational diseases is a high priority. Employers and workers can protect against the sun by planning ahead and taking precautions on days with high ultraviolet levels.”

Under B.C.’s Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, employers of outdoor workers are required to conduct a sun exposure assessment to determine the level of risk to workers and have a sun exposure plan  in place to effectively manage the risk, if one is identified.

Employers can take the following workplace precautions to reduce sun exposure to workers, particularly at this time of year when potential exposure is highest:

  • Provide tents and shade structures on machinery and equipment
  • Schedule the hardest physical tasks outside the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when ultraviolet (UV) levels are highest
  • Ensure work and rest cycles are scheduled regularly to allow workers to cool off in a shaded area
Outdoor workers can reduce their risk of skin cancer from sun exposure by:
  • Wearing sunscreen and reapplying liberally throughout the day
  • Wearing sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, loose-fitted clothing made of cotton or silk
  • Using a brim attachment and neck flap for hard hats, for added sun protection
  • Drinking water frequently throughout the day
  • Taking the Sun Safety at Work questionnaire


Comments for this article are closed.