As temperatures begin to rise so does the focus concerning the importance of employee welfare when working outdoors. SHP Online recently published an article stating that attitudes to UV protection by employees working outdoors, such as construction workers, remain difficult to change. In fact “44% of occupational melanoma deaths can be attributed to those in the construction sector.”
Survey results show that where employers provide their workers with UV protection cream, almost double the number of people used it. In addition to providing UV protection cream, employers are also being encouraged to raise awareness of the “Five S’s of Sun Safety”:
- SLIP on protective clothing – Encourage workers to keep covered up. Clothing can be one of the most effective barriers.
- SLOP on SPF 30+ broad spectrum UVA sunscreen – 20 minutes before initial exposure and re-apply every two hours or more frequently if sweating heavily.
- SLAP on a hat and neck protection – Where possible choose a hat with ear and neck protection.
- SLIDE on quality sunglasses – Slide on a pair of high-quality wrap-around sunglasses to protect the eyes.
- SHADE from the sun whenever possible – Encourage workers to take breaks or work in a shaded area wherever possible, especially from 11am-3pm.
For more information regarding the Five S’s and sun safety, visit – www.skcin.org
To read the full SHP Online article, visit – SHP Online