Are you or members of your team working outside in this warm weather?  In the UK an average of five people a day are being diagnosed with skin cancer as a consequence of working outside.

Even if the sun isn’t fully visible, the solar radiation is still coming through.  As an employer you have a duty of care to your employees if they are being exposed to the sun for prolonged periods of time.  Remember, it could be clear and warm or cool and cloudy, but still 80% of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays will still come though the atmosphere.  Even if it’s cold you could still be exposed to the same radiation levels as when it’s boiling hot!

Here are some tips for you to share:

  • Remember to cover all areas with sunscreen, don’t forget the back of your neck and ears! The sun cream must display UVA, UVB and SPF ratings and should be at least Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15
  • Provide/stay in the shade and/or consider rotating the workforce from shade to sun between 11am and 3pm
  • Protect your skin with appropriate clothing that is quick drying, high wicking (removes sweat) and UV protecting
  • Wear sunglasses that wrap round and are 100% UV protecting
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
  • Check your skin regularly for any unusual moles or spots, ie moles bleeding, itching or changing shape, size or colour

If you need any further information with regards to staying safe in the sun, please contact us on 01480 210195


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