UV Index

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UV Index

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Canada. Burns and skin damage can happen fast and stay with you for life. The higher the ultraviolet (UV) index number, the stronger the sun’s rays. Sun reflects off sand, snow and pavement and can double UV strength. Outdoor workers are more exposed to sun than indoor workers. Workers operating a vehicle or heavy equipment are also exposed to harmful UV Rays which can come through glass and should take the same precautions as outdoor workers.


Vitamin D and Sun Exposure

In 2016, the National Steering Committee for Consensus on Content for Sun Safety Messages (28 participant organizations) released the following information related to Vitamin D and Sun Exposure:
“Intentional Ultraviolet radiation exposure to meet vitamin D requirements is not recommended.”
“Use sources of vitamin D from dietary sources including fortified foods and vitamin D supplements”


General Tips

Below are some general tips to protect you:

  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Seek shade under a tree or create your own
  • Take the shadow test:
    • Small shadow = more UV = more protection needed
    • Large shadow = less UV = less protection needed

Refer to the UV Index above for more tips.



Check out our new UV Index campaign resources:

UV Index Wallet Brochure
Click on image to download PDF of  Wallet-size Brochure
UV Index Poster
Click on image to download PDF of UV Index Poster
Fish measuring tape with UV Index
Click on image to download PDF of fish measuring tape


For Further Information

Call the Family Health program: (807) 625-5900

or Toll-free 1-888-294-6630

Last Updated: 16/11/2017