sun protector

Sun Protection – Safety Talks. At some point, we have all been sunburned.

Sunburn is the effect of ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the skin. Ultraviolet light falls on us every day. But now there is less protective ozone in the atmosphere and the risk of exposure has increased. UV rays are more powerful than visible light rays.

They are so powerful that they can cause cancer.

Sunlight is the main source of ultraviolet radiation known to damage the skin and cause skin cancer.
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun is a highly preventable cause of skin cancer.

The more time you spend in the sun without UV protection, the higher your risk of developing skin cancer.

Melanoma is the least common but most dangerous type of skin cancer. The incidence of
melanoma in men is increasing faster than all other types of cancer.

The death rate from malignant melanoma is also increasing, particularly in middle-aged men.

In addition to cancer, ultraviolet radiation can cause cataracts, other eye damage, and premature aging of the skin during childbirth.

When you work in the sun, especially in the spring and summer, you need to minimize the dangers of UV exposure.

Identify controls – Sun Protection

  • Wear a long shirt and pants to cover most of your skin. The tightly woven material will offer
    more protection Wet clothing loses part of its ability to block the sun’s rays.
  • Protect exposed skin with sunscreen.
    Don’t forget your ears and the back of your neck. Use an SPF of 30 or higher and apply
    20 to 30 minutes before going out into the sun.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours or as often as recommended by the manufacturer.
    The more you sweat, the more often you need to reapply.
  • Use a UV blocking lip balm and reapply every two hours. Skin cancer can develop on the lips.
  • Protect your eyes. Wear ultraviolet-absorbing safety glasses (eg, CSA-approved polycarbonate lenses).goggles) or safety sunglasses. Even clear safety glasses will decrease your UV exposure.
  • Find a shady area for your breaks and lunch.
  • Avoid contact with substances known to cause photosensitization, such as coal tar.
  • SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. Multiply the SPF by 10 to find out how many minutes you can spend in the sun without burning.
  • Check your skin regularly for unusual changes, such as a patch on the skin that is
    change size, shape, or color.
  • Sunlight does not have to be direct to cause damage. Light reflects off surfaces like
    sand, water, concrete, and snow also cause UV exposure.
  • Sunscreen should be standard equipment for anyone who works outdoors during the spring and summer months. Keep a bottle handy in your toolbox.

Did you know

Weather reports now include a UV index.
This gives you an idea of ​​how intense the UV radiation will be under a clear sun or light cloud.
When the index is high (7 or higher), you can get sunburned in just 15 to 20 minutes. He
the highest exposure is from noon to 2 pm.


Pass around a bottle or tube of sunscreen (30 SPF or higher) and ask the crew to apply it to exposed skin.
Ask them about any risk factors they have for developing skin cancer. These include:

  • Fair skin that burns easily
  • Blistering sunburns in childhood and adolescence
  • Family history of melanoma
  • Lots of freckles and moles on the skin.


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