July is Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month. That makes a lot of sense, because UV rays are at their strongest during the spring and summer months—especially between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), UV radiation causes both benign and malignant skin cancer as well as other health issues such as eye problems and weakened immune systems.
While it may be impossible to entirely avoid the sun, you can take steps to make sure you and your employees don’t get too much of it.
Steps to reduce UV exposure
Follow these quick and easy tips to reduce exposure:
- Limit outdoor work time when possible.
- Use sunscreen.
- Cover exposed areas.
- Wear a hat.
- Wear sunglasses.
- Take ACS’s sun safety quiz to test your knowledge on UV safety.
An important step is sharing this information with your employees. Have a safety meeting and discuss the challenges of protecting yourselves from UV radiation. Use this safety meeting topic to help guide the meeting and explain to your staff why protecting your skin from UV rays should be a priority.
Your employees might think it’s inevitable that they’ll get a few sunburns, but sunburns aren’t the only risk when working out in the sun. Encourage your employees to take these precautions to help prevent skin cancer and help keep everyone healthy.
The above evaluations and/or recommendations are for general guidance only and should not be relied upon for medical advice or legal compliance purposes. They are based solely on the information provided to us and relate only to those conditions specifically discussed. We do not make any warranty, expressed or implied, that your workplace is safe or healthful or that it complies with all laws, regulations or standards.