Sun Safety

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

by Chad Cammer, OH&S Rep, Emily Carr University - The Summer is nearly upon us folks!  Let's re-visit some safety tips and guidelines in and outside of the Workplace on how to protect one's self from the Sun!

Protecting Workers from heat stress involves taking precautionary measures to avoid risk factors for heat illness. 
Illnesses associated with heat stress are heat cramps, heat rash, heat exhaustion and the most serious heat illness to avoid.... heat stroke!

Establishing a Heat Illness Prevention Program in the Workplace and providing training about the hazards leading to heat stress is significantly beneficial to the workers. Factors associated with physical labor, and the amount of time exposed to the sun, protecting one's body (skin and head) are significantly important.

Preventing a sunburn would be, to limit and/or avoid sun exposure.  If possible, find shade. Wear protective clothing, such as a hat that covers your neck, ears, eyes and scalp. Wear sunglasses with UV ray protection to prevent eye damage. Wear loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing that covers your arms and legs. 

As an alternative measure, use sunscreen protection with a 'sun protection factor' (SPF) of 30 or higher. Most importantly, keep hydrated!  Drink plenty of fluids including cool water and electrolyte hydration drinks that contain little or no sugar.  Drink often... and before you feel thirsty.

Considering and adhering to these guidelines will assist in keeping one's Health/Safety and Wellness intact!  Enjoy the Summer, and be safe!