Top tips for working safely in the sun

13 May 2015

The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hooray!

If you or your colleagues are lucky enough to work outside in the summer months (and make the rest of us jealous!), REMEMBER it’s essential you STAY SAFE whilst you’re topping up your ‘builders tan’.

Why you should take notice – what are the risks?

* Sunburn – it hurts! And blistered, peeling skin isn’t very fetching.

* Increased risk of developing skin cancer.

* Heatstroke/ sunstroke.

* Ages your skin making it leathery, mottled and wrinkled.

Remember, everyone is at risk of sun damage, but you should take extra care if you have:
- Fair skin
- Freckled skin that doesn’t tan easily or goes red
- Blonde or red hair and light coloured eyes
- Lots of moles

So, here are my top tips on what you can do to keep safe this summer

Workers

Employers

  • Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  • Take off personal protective equipment (PPE) during rest breaks to help cool down.
  • Check your skin for unusual moles/spots on a regular basis – see your doctor if they change in shape, size, and colour or if they are itchy/ bleeding.
  • Keep your top on.
  • Wear a hat that shades the back of your neck and ears.
  • Use a high-factor sunscreen on exposed skin (at least SPF15).
  • Where possible, stay in the shade especially during breaks and lunch.

 

See here for further information.

 

  • Allow regular rest breaks.
  • Provide free access to cool drinking water.
  • If possible, organise the work at cooler times of the day or provide shade in areas where people are working.
  • Train employees how to recognise early symptoms of heat stress.

 

See here for further information.

 

 

 

 



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