Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island

Sun Safety PEI

During the summer season, many Island workers spend a significant amount of time working outdoors. As a result daily exposure to the harmful effects of the sun is common. Excessive exposure to UV rays from the sun can cause damage to the skin, eyes, and can also increase the risk of heat stress and heat stroke. Employers and workers must be aware of the risks related to sun exposure and the effective ways to protect themselves.

Skin damage, caused by UV rays, can eventually result in skin cancer. Melanoma skin cancer is the most rapidly increasing cancer in PEI. The rate of this form of cancer has tripled in PEI over the last 30 years. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and it’s also one of the most preventable.

Heat stress or heat stroke occurs when our bodies heat up faster than they are able to cool off. Those affected become dehydrated and experience symptoms such as painful muscle cramps, fatigue, headaches, and confusion.

Employers are required to take every reasonable precaution to protect the health and safety of their employees – this extends to encouraging sun safety. Workers can effectively protect themselves from sun related hazards by complying with the employer’s sun safety program and following the resources provided below.

For additional information contact the Occupational Health and Safety Division of the Workers Compensation Board by calling toll free 1-800-237-5049 or 902-368-5680.