SAFETY TIP TUESDAY- NCESD

Provided by the North Central ESD Workers Compensation Trust

DID YOU KNOW...

  • Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US.
  • 1 in 5 people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
  • The sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage unprotected skin in as little as 15 minutes.

BE SUN SAFE WHEN WORKING OUTDOORS... REMEMBER SLIP! SLOP! SLAP! SEEK! SLIDE! & SLURP!

SLIP on a shirt to cover up...

  • Wear long-sleeved clothing with a collar & full-length pants.
  • Bright or dark colored, tightly woven fabrics provide the best protection from UV rays as opposed to white or pastel colored and loosely woven fabrics. If you can see light can pass through the fabric, UV rays can pass through as well.
  • Note: Lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothing provides protection from the heat.
  • For more information on Sun Safe Clothing visit http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/clothing/protection


SLOP on sunscreen...

  • Generously apply a broad spectrum protection with an SPF of 15 or higher on any skin that isn’t covered, even on cool or cloudy days.

  • Insect repellants reduce sunscreen’s SPF by up to 1/3. When using a combination, be sure to use a sunscreen with a higher SPF!

  • Use water-resistant sunscreen when swimming or perspiring.

  • Reapply every two hours. Reapply more often if sweating freely or swimming.


SLAP on a hat...

  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat that shades your face, neck, & ears.


SEEK shade...

  • Whenever possible limit exposure to direct sunlight when the sun’s rays are most intense by scheduling outdoor work before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.
  • Move outside jobs indoors or to a shady location if possible.
  • Consider erecting a temporary shelter.
  • Take your lunch and coffee breaks in the shade.


SLIDE on sunglasses with 99-1005 UVA/UVB protection ...

  • To filter out UV rays to protect your eyes and sensitive skin around them.


SLURP often to stay hydrated...

  • Drink a cup of water every 15 minutes while working outside.

And, don't forget ... UV radiation can bounce off water, sand, concrete, light-colored surfaces and snow!

North Central ESD Workers' Compensation Trust

Providing Risk Management Services to Reduce On-The-Job Injuries