No tTme to Lose: Solar Radiation

Today the risk of getting skin cancer from sun exposure is well known and widely understood.

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However, the reality is that the risks to ordinary holiday makers targeted by sun product advertising campaigns are not comparable to the risks faced by millions of outdoor workers, who for significant periods of the year are typically exposed to solar radiation for hours at a time, day in, day out.

6 Sun Safety tips for ‘Don’t Fry today’

  • Use sunscreen whenever you are outdoors
  • Reapply sunscreen frequently
  • Stay indoors when the sun is strongest
  • Take extra care near water or sand
  • Cover up
  • Don’t intentionally try to tan.

As anyone working outside in the sun can be affected they should follow the above points in the same way as they would if they were on holiday.

This will affect workers from the most obvious eg construction workers and farmworkers to grounds workers and people working in outdoor Leisure pursuits.

Sun safety should form part of your Health and Safety Policy if appropriate and include not only the above points but other forms of controlling the risks by ensuring staff drink sufficient amounts of water and have sufficient breaks that are taken out of the sun.