Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Work with sun safety in mind this summer

July 18, 2022

With hot summer weather in the forecast, the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) reminds Island workers and employers to work with sun safety in mind.




Excessive exposure to UV rays from the sun can cause damage to the skin and eyes, and elevated temperatures can increase the risk of heat stress and heat stroke. Employers and workers should be aware of the risks related to sun exposure and ensure that effective precautions are taken to protect those who are required to work in the sun and heat.




“As with any workplace hazard, if workers are exposed to heat and sun, employers must have a plan to prevent heat stress and over exposure,” said Danny Miller, WCB Director of Occupational Health and Safety. “It is critical to assess the conditions in the workplace, identify the sun and heat controls that should be implemented, ensure that workers are aware of the risks, and provide the proper training and equipment.”




While conditions vary depending on the nature of the work and the workplace, the following preventive steps can help to reduce the risk of heat stress and harmful sun exposure:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Limit sun exposure, especially when the UV factor is high.
  • Cover up with loose fitting, tightly woven clothing and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Wear UV protective eyewear, as well as sunscreen and lip balm (minimum 30 SPF).
  • Take breaks in the shade or an air conditioned space, if possible.
  • Watch for the signs of heat stress in yourself and others. Symptoms may include weakness, muscle pain, light-headedness, nausea and high body temperatures.




If you experience the initial signs of heat stress, remove yourself from the environment, drink water, monitor the symptoms and advise someone in case you need further assistance or medical treatment.





More information about sun safety at work is available on the WCB website at




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