About Us

Sun Safety at Work Canada (SSAWC) is enhancing sun safety for Canadian workplaces. The sun is a workplace hazard that can cause skin cancer, heat stress and eye damage. These conditions are preventable.

Applying sun safety at workplaces can be challenging. The purpose of Sun Safety at Work Canada is to raise awareness of the importance of sun safety and to help workplaces implement sun safety programs within their occupational health and safety management systems.

The first step of the SSAWC project involved partnering with 17 workplaces across Canada to help them develop sun safety programs. We reviewed best practices from Canada and other countries and took what we learned from these workplaces to develop this website. The resources on the website are designed to complement existing safety practices and be embedded within a workplace’s occupational health and safety management system.

Funder

Sun Safety at Work Canada is funded through financial support from Health Canada through the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer as a Coalition Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP).

Project Team:

  • Dr. Thomas Tenkate, Project Lead, Ryerson University
  • Chantal Courchesne, Canadian Dermatology Association
  • Kelly Cull, Canadian Cancer Society Nova Scotia
  • Danica Finch, Canadian Cancer Society Nova Scotia
  • Dr. Peter Green, Sun Safe Nova Scotia Coalition
  • Dr. D. Linn Holness, Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease
  • Dr. Desre Kramer, Occupational Cancer Research Centre at Cancer Care Ontario
  • Brenda Marsh, Occupational Health Nurses Association of Nova Scotia
  • Colin Murray, WorkSafeBC
  • Alison Palmer, CAREX Canada
  • Dr. Cheryl Peters, CAREX Canada
  • Judy Purcell, Sun Safe Nova Scotia Coalition
  • Steven Quantz, Alberta Health Services
  • Dr. Peter Strahlendorf, Ryerson University

Project Staff:

  • Tracy Burgess, Nova Scotia Sun Safety Advisor (2015-2016)
  • Leah Byrne, Nova Scotia Sun Safety Advisor (2015)
  • Christine Carthew, Public Health Student (2016)
  • Renzo Dalla Via, Senior Sun Safety Advisor (2016)
  • Lindsay Forsman-Phillips, British Columbia Sun Safety Advisor (2015-2016)
  • Audrey Gardner, Project Coordinator (2014-2016)
  • Emily Gross, Research Associate (2015-2016)
  • Julia Hayos, Ontario Sun Safety Advisor (2015-2016)
  • Sheila Kalenge, Research Associate (2015)
  • Rivka Kushner, Knowledge Broker (2014-2016)
  • Michael MacGillivary, Medical Student (2016)
  • Erin Maguire, Medical Student (2015)
  • Keith McMillan, Ontario Sun Safety Advisor (2015-2016)
  • Garthika Navaranjan, Research Associate (2016)
  • Brenda Santos, Project Coordinator (2016)

Advisory Committee

Workplaces

We extend our thanks to all the workplaces who participated in the project. The following workplaces who participated in the project chose to be listed on our website:

Partners

  • Ryerson University logo
  • Canadian Dermatology Association logo
  • Canadian Cancer Society logo
  • Sun Safe Nova Scotia Coalition logo
  • Centre for Research Excellence in Occupational Disease logo
  • Occupational Cancer Research Centre at Cancer Care Ontario logo
  • Occupational Health Nurses Association of Nova Scotia logo
  • WorkSafeBC logo
  • CAREX Canada logo
  • Alberta Health Services logo