Sun Safety in Canada

Exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) can cause sunburn, premature skin aging, eye damage and skin cancer. Tans and sunburns are signs that UV rays have damaged the skin. This damage can occur quickly and stay with you for life.

Did you know? 1.7 million outdoor workers in Canada are substantially exposed to the sun on the job.1 The largest industrial groups exposed are construction, farming, and building care and maintenance.2

Exposure Category
UV Index

The UV index measures the strength of the sun's rays. The higher the number, the greater the need to take precautions. Employers should:

If you employ outdoor workers, sun safety should be part of your health and safety program

Reduce the risk

Resources on developing a sun safety program:

1Occupational Cancer Research Centre,
2CAREX Canada,