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Construction Workers

Sun Safety at Work

Sun Safety for Outdoor Workers

Outdoor workers face a significantly higher risk of skin cancer compared to those in other professions. This heightened risk is primarily attributed to the nature of their work, often conducted during peak sun hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when UV rays are at their strongest. Moreover, the majority of outdoor work occurs during the spring and summer months, when UV radiation levels are elevated. Therefore, outdoor workers must prioritize skin protection and safety measures to mitigate these risks effectively.


Here are some practical tips to help outdoor workers safeguard their skin:

  • Be aware of the intensity of UV rays: UV radiation is more potent during specific timeframes or conditions, such as:

  • Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

  • When there is limited cloud cover

  • From mid-spring through mid-fall

  • At higher altitudes

  • Beware of reflective surfaces like water and glass, which can direct additional UV rays towards individuals


In addition to these guidelines, outdoor workers should consider implementing further protective measures to minimize sun exposure and reduce the risk of skin damage and cancer.

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