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UV Protection: Local Policy


  • UV protection,
  • Policy environment,
  • Community,
  • Facilities & organizations,
  • Healthcare facilities,
  • Schools,
  • Workplace,

Support local sun safety policy

How to implement

  • Encourage the adoption of sun safety policies in community settings, such as public buildings, schools and recreation settings.1-9

Try this: Learn about what other communities have done to develop sun safety policies and guidelines and use their examples as templates. 

Example in action: Developed in 2010, the City of Toronto’s shade guidelines recommend ways to increase shade at outdoor facilities.

The Policy Readiness Tool can help communities build local capacity for sun safety policy by helping communities understand their readiness for policy change and by providing strategies for taking action.

Try this: Consider engaging local youth councils to raise awareness and support for sun safety policies

High impactSupport the development of sun safety policies for the school setting.

  • Examples of school-based policies include: not scheduling outdoor activities during peak sun hours, implementing a sun-protective dress code for outdoor activities and providing sunscreen at a reduced price.1-9

Did you know: UV intensity is greatest between 11 am and 4 pm, with peak intensity between noon and 2 pm.

  • Encourage school administrators and school-based healthcare professionals to regularly promote sun safety and reinforce policies at school events that reach staff, students and parents.1, 2

The Canadian Cancer Society has developed a step-by-step guide on developing and implementing a sunsense policy in schools.

Try this: Encourage the development of sun safety policies in workplaces.

Alberta Prevents Cancer’s Be Sunsible program has a number of tools and resources to support the development of sun safety policies in the workplace, including a policy analysis tool and a sun safety policy sample

Did you know: As of January 1, 2018, youth under the age of 18 are banned from artificial tanning services through the Skin Cancer Prevention (Artificial Tanning) Act and Regulation. The new regulation also prohibits marketing of tanning services to minors.

External Resources

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sun safety tips for schools. Washington (DC): Department of Health and Human Services; 2016. Available from:
  2. Glanz K, Saraiya M, Wechsler H. Guidelines for school programs to prevent skin cancer. Atlanta (GA): CDC; 2002. Available from:
  3. National Guideline Clearinghouse. Prevention of skin cancer. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ); 2013. Available from:
  4. Saraiya M, Glanz K, Briss PA, et al. Interventions to prevent skin cancer by reducing exposure to ultraviolet radiation: a systematic review. AM J PREV MED. 2004;27(5):422-466. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2004.08.009. Available from:
  5. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Surgeon General’s call to action to prevent skin cancer. Washington (DC): Department of Health and Human Services; 2014. Available from:
  6. World Health Organization (WHO). Sun protection: an essential element of health-promoting schools. WHO information series on school health. Geneva (SW): WHO; 2002. Available from:
  7. Community Preventive Services Task Force, CDC. What works. Cancer prevention and control: skin cancer prevention. The Community Guide. Atlanta (GA): CDC; 2014. Available from:
  8. National Institute for Health Care Excellence (NICE). Skin cancer prevention. NICE Guideline. London: NICE; 2016. Available from:
  9. World Health Organization (WHO). Sun protection and schools: how to make a difference. Geneva (SW): WHO; 2003. Available from:
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