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The MHSA Wants You to Be Sunsible!

Tue, 2017-06-06 09:28

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.

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