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Workers face risks every workday when they operate heavy equipment in construction, work outside on electrical lines and work in construction trades among the many other outdoor work environments. Yet one of the most consistent and dangerous occupational exposures that threatens outdoor workers' health goes largely unrecognized - the sun's ultraviolet radiation (UVR).

UVR is the primary cause of skin cancer. Outdoor workers receive up to eight times more UVR exposure and have a 60 percent greater risk of developing skin cancer than indoor workers. Skin cancer is the fastest growing and most prevalent form of cancer. The 2007 cancer statistics show that 900 workers died of the 4600 that developed a melanoma. This excludes an estimated 69,000 new cases of non-melanoma treatable skin cancer reported in 2007!

So, what do you and your employees need to know to work safely under the sun?

1) Know your risk

Sun exposure at any age can cause skin cancer. You need to be especially careful if you have:

  • numerous moles, irregular moles or large moles
  • freckles, or burn before tanning
  • fair skin, blond, red or light brown hair

You also need to consider the amount and intensity of the UVR to which you are exposed daily. You need to be especially careful if you:

  • live or work at high altitude;
  • spend a lot of time outdoors at midday or in the summer.

2) Stop the burn

Reducing sunburn is the single most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. Short periods of intense sun exposure are associated with a two-fold increase in melanoma risk. Also, it's possible to get sunburned on a cloudy day. Clouds block only 20-40 percent of UVR.

3) Take cover

Staying out of the sun whenever possible is the most foolproof way to protect yourself. If no shade is available, bring portable shade with you to a jobsite. If you work or rest in a vehicle, window glass blocks UVB but not all UVA.

4) Cover up

As much as 85 percent of UVR can reflect off of sand, tile, cement and water, so shade cover may not be enough protection. Clothing can be an excellent sunscreen. Long-sleeved shirts with collars, long pants, shoes and socks provide more coverage than tank-tops, t-shirts, shorts and sandals. Fabrics with a tight weave between the threads block more UVR than loosely woven fabrics. Light-colored clothing feels cooler because it reflects infrared light (heat), but darker colors absorb harmful UVR better.

5) Wear a hat

More skin cancers occur on the head and face than any other place on the body. Tightly woven hats with a three-inch brim all the way around can help reduce sun exposure to the head, face and neck by as much as two-thirds.

6) Use sunscreen

Sunscreen is a valuable sun protection measure when used appropriately. Regular use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen is effective in preventing UVR-induced skin damage that may result in skin cancer. There are two major types of UVR that damage skin, UVB and UVA. All sunscreens protect against UVB, but only broad spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVB and UVA. To block UVA, look for avobenzone, oxybenzone, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in the active ingredients. The active ingredients in sunscreen absorb, reflect or scatter the harmful rays of the sun.

Sunscreen provides protection for a limited amount of time; usually the number of minutes it normally takes your skin to redden multiplied by the SPF of the sunscreen.

The Solution: Ideally, a broad spectrum, high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) sunscreen should be used in addition to wearing sun protective clothing. Reapply sunscreen every two hours. The reapplication of sunscreen only keeps up the protection of the first application; it doesn't give you extra or longer protection. The pouch-style container is a convenient solution as workers can take a few pouches with them on the job and apply sunscreen several times during the day. These towelettes have UVA and UVB protection with an SPF value of 30.

7) Shade your eyes

Like the skin, your eyes can be damaged from too much sun exposure. UVR can cause cataracts, degeneration of the retina, and even melanoma of the eye. UV-protective sunglasses can reduce UVR exposure to the eyes significantly. Choose sunglasses that block 99-100 percent of UVR. Bigger lenses or lenses that wrap around the face offer more UVR protection.

8) Do a skin self-exam

When skin cancer is detected early it can almost always be cured. The most important warning sign for skin cancer is a spot on the skin that is changing in size, color or shape. Examine your skin and see a doctor if you find anything unusual.

9) Check UV Index daily

The Index predicts UVR intensity on a scale of 1 to 11+, where 1 means minimal risk and 11+ means a very high risk of overexposure. Checking the Index can help you plan the sun precautions your employees should take each workday.

10) Work environments at the highest risk

  • Pipeline Companies
  • Construction Companies
  • Construction Trades
  • Forestry & Lumber
  • Department of Transport
  • Grounds keeper/Landscape
  • Telephone Companies
  • Cable Companies
  • Natural Gas Companies
  • Parks & Rec. Departments
  • Amusement & Water Parks
  • Fisheries & Coast Guard
  • Railway Companies
  • Public Utility Commissions
  • Hydro Electric Companies
  • Police & Fire Departments
  • Petroleum Companies
  • Unions

Look for it in your everyday forecast before you go out doors to work or play.

UV Index Category Sun Protection Actions
0 - 2 Low Minimal protection for normal activity.
3 - 5 Moderate Cover up. Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen if outside for 30 minutes.
6 - 7 High Protection Required. Reduce time spent in the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
8 - 10 Very High Take full precautions and avoid sun exposure between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
11+ Extreme Take full precautions and avoid sun exposure between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Shield Sunscreen

Sunscreen SPF 30

Dentec sunscreen offers protection against the health hazards associated with over exposure to the sun. Our formulation offers:

  • Broad spectrum protection against UVA/UVB rays
  • Water resistant and sweat resistant.
  • Dermatologist tested.
  • Provides sunburn protection.
  • Paba free.
  • Convenient packaging formats for all applications.

Shield Sunscreen

10ml (.34 oz) Pouch - Our most portable packaging format

Individual pouch contains 10 ml of sunscreen lotion. This ultra portable package fits almost anywhere and is cost effective to use.

  • 18200 - 50 pouches per display box, 4 boxes per master case, 200 per case.

SPF 30 Sunscreen Lip Balm

4.25g (.15 oz) Lipbalm

  • Moisturizes & protects against sun, wind & cold exposure.
  • (18205) 100/box, 2 boxes/case, 200/case.

Shield Sunscreen Lotion

SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion

  • 50 ml (1.7 oz) tube Tube Sport Lotion.
  • Easier to store - Easy Open lid that closes securely after use.
  • Eliminates messy spills & leakage.
  • One hand application.
  • Fits easily into shirt or pant pocket, purse, tool boxes & tackle boxes, glove box, sports bags and vending machines, etc.
  • (18210) 24 Bottles/Master Case.

Shield Sunscreen

SPF 30 Sunscreen Lotion

  • 120ml (4 oz) bottle.
  • One hand application.
  • Easy to store.
  • The oval shaped bottle is a convenient size that is also easy to store.
  • (18220) 12 bottles per box.

Shield Sunscreen

SPF 30 Sunscreen Continuous Spray

  • 177ml (6 oz) Sunscreen Spray.
  • Clear continuous spray.
  • Convenient.
  • No mess.
  • Easier application for hard to reach places.
  • Non irritating formula.
  • (18226) 12 bottles per box.

Shield Sunscreen Lotion

SPF 30 Bulk Sunscreen Lotion

  • 1 Liter (34 oz) bottle with pump.
  • Suitable for larger groups.
  • Place it where people gather for work or play.
  • Tool Shed, Work Station, Pool, Spa, Dock, Tennis, Court, Garden Shed.
  • 18230 - 8 bottles per box.
  • BottlePod™ bracket fits on wall, post, pole, equipment.
  • Will hold most 1L or 500ml bottles.
  • Ideal for indoor/outdoor applications.
  • (80-1600-1BP) 12 per box.

Dentec Safety Specialists, Inc.
195 B Harry Walker Parkway North, Newmarket, ON L3Y 7B3
tel: 905-953-9946 • fax: 905-953-8351

e-mail: dentec@dentecsafety.com