Be sun safe
This year’s campaign focusses on three important lines of defence in the fight against sun-induced illness – Cover Up, Use Sunscreen and Hydrate – to make sure everyone working on site this summer stays safe in the sun.
- Cover Up
The first line of defence against sun damage should be clothing, especially made using high rated UPF fabrics, as it provides one of the most effective barriers against the sun’s harmful rays.
Make sure as much skin as possible is covered up, especially areas that burn easily, such as the shoulders.
Whilst a hard hat is essential on site, those incorporating a brim and flap to shade the face, ears and neck are best.
- Use Sunscreen
Use sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and a star rating of 4 or 5 on all exposed skin. Ideally apply 20 minutes before going outside, both evenly and regularly throughout the day. Consider using a water-resistant formula as it is more able to cope with the effects of sweating.
Working hard on site in high temperatures means that the body loses fluid via sweat. To avoid dehydration, heat exhaustion and in extreme cases, heat stroke, drink regularly – ideally water – throughout the day.