Hello, and welcome back to the IndustrySafe video blog. Jobs that involve significant amounts of outdoor activity put employees at a high risk for sun overexposure, particularly during the summer. Construction workers are six times more likely to develop skin cancer than the rest of the country because they're exposed to up to 10 times more than the recommended daily allowance for UV exposure.
To protect against these overly harmful UV rays, worker should wear sun-appropriate personal protective equipment, consistently apply and reapply sunscreen and take short cool-down breaks in the shade every two hours.
Furthermore, to avoid working during the hours where the sun is at its peak intensity, safety professionals should perform a job safety analysis to plan ahead so that outdoor projects are scheduled for before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
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