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Sun and Skin Woes

November 5, 2017

Sun and Skin Woes

When working in the sun the risk of skin damage, or worse, skin cancer is a very real risk, no matter your skin tone.  While incidence of melanoma may be higher in Caucasians, it can be more deadly in people of colour. A belief that dark skins don’t require protection is a dangerous misconception.

Here are three ways to reduce health risks from sun exposure.  Just remember the acronym CSS – Clothing, Sunscreen and Shade to keep protected and safe while working outdoors.

  1. Clothing:
    • Wear long-sleeved, cotton shirts and long trousers for the best protection. Avoid loose knit fabrics that let light through, as harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation is getting through too! Shirts with a collar are important to protect the delicate skin on the back of the neck.
    • Choose broad-brimmed hats to help keep sun off the face, neck, ears and to keep bald spots covered!
    • To protect your eyes, be sure to wear sunglasses or safety glasses that filter out UV rays.
  1. Sunscreen:
    • Use a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen that filters out both UVA and UVB rays. Zinc oxide sunscreens are very effective.  Choose a SPF 15 or higher before going outdoors and reapply every 2 hours.
  2. Shade:
    • More than two-thirds of the suns UV radiation occur during hottest hours between 10am and 4pm so plan your outdoor work in the early morning or late evening. Where possible move outside jobs inside or to a shady location. Make a temporary shelter or use trees for protection.


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