What if there is no shade where I am working?

UV levels are highest between 10am and 2pm (or 11am and 3pm during daylight saving) so the best thing to do during the hot months and these times is to work indoors or in the shade.

Whenever it is reasonably practicable to do so:

  • reschedule work to cooler times of the day, or at a different location if this is practicable
  • reschedule outdoor work tasks, especially those where no shade is available, for early in the morning or later in the afternoon when UV levels are lower
  • provide screens, umbrellas, canopies or awnings over sections of the site to create shade for work areas and for taking breaks, to shield workers from the UV rays of the sun, as well as from the direct heat of the sun
  • share outdoor tasks and rotate staff so the same person is not always out in the sun.
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