Resources

Supportive Work Environment – UV Protection and Heat Stress

Share Summer Safety Tips with Employees

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has a five minute podcast sharing tips on how to be sun smart and injury free during the summer.  Consider sharing this link with employees so they can apply these tips both at work and at play.  Some of these tips can be supported by you through [...]

Sun Safety Outdoor Workers Program

The Canadian Dermatology Association has created a number of resources directed to employers with outdoor workers.  This program includes free downloadable resources like a poster, fact sheets and template.  For a price, you can purchase a manual, DVD and other resources.  For more details, visit: http://www.dermatology.ca/programs-resources/programs/current-programs/outdoor-workers-program/ Source:  Peterborough County-City Health Unit

Make Sure Employees Stay Hydrated This Summer

In the heat and humidity, it’s easy to get dehydrated quickly.  Be sure to have water available and accessible to your employees.  Here are some tips from EatRight Ontario about staying hydrated. Source: Peterborough Public Health

Create a Sun Safe Workplace Environment

While the sun safety advice below is geared to individuals, some of these suggestions can be adapted by your workplace: Purchase SPF 30 sun screen on sale. Consider using a spray, if applying a lotion is not appealing to you and slather it on 20 minutes before going outdoors and every two hours thereafter.  The workplace [...]

Heat Safety Tool

The U.S. Department of Labor has developed a mobile phone app that helps workers identify the risk factor for heat exposure.  The app calculates a heat index, your risk level and provides suggestions for protective measures.  You can find more information about this new app at:  http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html.  Please note:  Since the app was designed in the U.S., temperature is [...]

Be Bug and Sun Smart during Outdoor Summer Activities

Here are some tips to consider when your employees are outdoors this summer while at work, at the beach, biking, golfing, playing sports, swimming, boating, hiking or camping. Whether you are a participant or spectator you need to protect yourself. Be Sun Smart… Avoid sun exposure between 11am  and 4pm when the sun rays are the [...]

Making Your Workplace Sun Safe

Produced by an American firm, Klein Buendel, the Sun Safe Worksite Guide contains practical information on providing a sun safe work environment and promoting sun safe habits.  It also includes information on creating  worksite policies along with an assessment tool and handouts.  Here is the 20 page guide:  Sun Safe Worksite Guide Source:  Peterborough County-City Health Unit

Skin Cancer Awareness

Skin cancer can effect anyone but outdoor workers are especially vulnerable.  Remind employees to take precautions by applying sun screen, wearing long sleeves, a hat and sunglasses when possible and seeking shade breaks.  Support employees by providing them with sun screen and shade tents, umbrellas or canopies. http://www.healthchoices.ca/Article/tabid/90/Default.aspx?artID=62 Source:  Peterborough County-City Health Unit