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.
  • Dark colored & tightly woven fabrics provide the best protection. If you can see light can pass through the fabric, UV rays can pass through as well.


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