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PHO Grand Rounds: Improving the effectiveness of sun safety for outdoor workers

Exposure to the sun and its ultraviolet (UV) radiation is one of the most significant physical risks in the occupational environment. Most individuals working outdoors in Canada receive very high levels of exposure and are known to be less than sufficiently protected. Despite the adverse effects from solar UV exposure being largely preventable, implementing and sustaining effective safety programs in the workplace can be challenging. The approach taken by Sun Safety at Work Canada addresses both skin cancer prevention and heat stress prevention as ‘sun safety’, which is effectively managed through the occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) of a workplace. This presentation presents an overview of key policy, practice and research issues associated with effectively managing sun safety for both workplaces and workers.

Presenter(s): Thomas Tenkate

Thomas Tenkate is an Associate Professor and Director at the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University. He has worked in Australia, the United States and now in Canada in the fields of environmental health, public health and occupational health and safety. He has a Doctor of Public Health degree in Occupational Hygiene from the University of Alabama. He has an ongoing research interest in assessing and managing occupational exposure to UV and was the project lead for the Sun Safety at Work Canada project. 


The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

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Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Published 22 Oct 2019