- Seeking shade when working outdoors is a good way to decrease UVR exposure. Seeking shade from trees, canopies and umbrellas reduces UVR exposure. If it is difficult to avoid the sun when working outdoors, try to find shade during breaks and between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- Outdoor workers are at higher risk for developing skin cancer. Outdoor workers who are regularly exposed to the sun for long periods of time are at higher risk. The good news is that skin cancer can be prevented by following our sun safety messages.
- Sunscreen is not the only thing you can do to protect yourself from the sun. See the Ontario Sun Safety Working Group’s sun safety recommendations.
- The higher UV index, the stronger the sun’s UVR. Check the weather forecast for the UV Index. If it’s 3 or more, sun protection is needed.
Six Things to Know About Sunscreen
- No sunscreen provides 100% protection
- Use sunscreen with other sun protection measures such as limiting time in the sun, seeking shade, wearing protective clothing and a hat, and wearing sunglasses.
- Sunscreen is safe to use
- Health Canada regulates the safety, effectiveness, and quality of sunscreens in Canada. No published studies have shown that sunscreen is toxic to humans or hazardous to human health. Sunscreen may be used on babies over six months; avoid the mouth and eye areas.
- Apply sunscreen on skin that is not covered by clothes or a hat
- Don’t forget your face, neck, ears, and the back of your hands and feet. Use sunscreen lip balm to protect your lips.
- Read the label and try it out
- Choose a sunscreen that is labelled SPF 30 or higher, “broad spectrum” (UVA and UVB protection), and “water resistant”. Use a sunscreen that you like and find easy to use.
- Remember to use sunscreen
- Use sunscreen when the sun’s UV rays are at their strongest, such as when the UV Index is 3 or higher, usually from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Apply sunscreen before other skin products. Re-apply sunscreen regularly, especially after sweating, swimming, or towelling.
- Are you wearing enough sunscreen?
- Most adults need 2 to 3 tablespoons of sunscreen to cover their body; 1 teaspoon of sunscreen to cover their face and neck.
Things to Avoid
- Getting a tan or a sunburn.
- Exposing yourself to UV rays to meet vitamin D needs.
- Use food or supplements instead.
- Sun Safety Activities for Teachers
- Outdoors: The Ultimate Playground- 6 to 12 years
- Ontario Sun Safety Working Group
- Melanoma Network of Canada
- Shade Guidelines 2010
Sun Safety Video