Summertime has arrived in Alberta!
While we all love the warm weather and the sunshine, we also need to Be Sunsible.
What are some effects of UVR (ultraviolet radiation) exposure?
- Intense exposure to UVR (long-term or chronic) can lead to sunburns, which are major risk factors in the development of melanoma and basal cell carcinoma.
- Outdoor workers are at a 77% increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma as well as a 43% increased risk of basal cell carcinoma.
- Up to 90% of all skin cancers associated with UVR exposure (resulting in the rise of melanoma, the most fatal form of skin cancer) are preventable.
How will this affect my business?
- Time away from work- An employee may spend anywhere from 14-28 days away from work due to treatments and recovery from developing any type of melanoma.
- Loss of productivity for your business.
- Direct and indirect costs regarding the health benefits program.
- Costly WCB claims and/or legal liabilities for employers who fail to provide a sun-safe work environment.
The direct and indirect costs of skin cancer in Alberta total more than $7.6 million every year. Being Sunsible helps protect your employees AND your business!
What can I do to make my workplace Sunsible?
- Create a comprehensive “Sun Safety” program that meets your organizational needs.