Canton town adopts new sun safety policy recommendations for departments
BY PAUL MITCHELL
North Country This Week
CANTON – A new Sun Safety Policy adopted Wednesday night by the Canton Town Board is on a recommendations basis only.
“There are no mandates. It’s all recommendations,” stated Councilman John Taillon.“The Town of Canton is committed to the health and safety of its workers, including protecting employees from the adverse effects associated with prolonged exposure to outdoor UV radiation,” the policy reads.
The sun policy was introduced to the town board by the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative who will utilize grant money to set up sunscreen stations and provide education and communication with town officials and workers.
The policy applies to every department where outdoor work or work assignments are required.
Recommended protective measures include wearing sun-protective clothing such as hats, appropriate shirts and full-length pants; wear sunglasses and carry and use sunscreen and lip balm with a minimum of SPF-15.
“All employees are authorized and encouraged to partake in the necessary precautions during the working hours to prevent and reduce the risk of skin cancer. The Town Board will evaluate and revise the policy as needed,” the policy notes.