Sun safety is a very important part of working outdoors in the summer months in Nova Scotia. With Canadians dealing with skin cancer, heat stress and heat stroke, farmers need to be prepared and stay sun safe when working in the heat.

In Canada alone, approximately 85,000 Canadians were diagnosed with skin cancer in 20151. Outdoor workers, such as farmers, are 2.5 to 3.5 times more likely to develop skin cancer 1. Additionally, many people suffer from heat stress due to working outdoors. Heat stress can cause symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, nausea, confusion, muscle cramps, fast shallow breathing and decrease in alertness1. Heat stress can eventually lead to heat stroke which can be deadly . This is an important issue for farmers and their employees to keep in mind throughout the summer months.


For information on how to create a heat program for your farm visit:

Build Your Own Sun Safety Program – Sun Safety at Work Canada


Visit these links for additional information on how to keep yourself sun safe:

Heat Exhaustion: Suddenly Serious – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)


Canada Sun Guide – Canada Safety Council


Outdoor Workers – Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation


Sun Safety – Government of Canada


Enhancing Sun Safety in Canadian Workplaces – Sun Safety at Work Canada


Sun & UV Radiation – Work Safe BC








  1. Sun Safety at Work. (2018). Sun safety facts. Sun Safety at Work. Retrieved from