June 4th, 2015

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Safe Fun In The Summer Sun

Summer is almost here! That means it’s time for camping, barbecues and the beach! Our Training and HR Departments compiled some great tips to keep you safe and healthy during these hot months.

Sun Exposure

Understanding the terms

Despite the sun’s many good attributes – such as heat, visible light, and Vitamin D – it is also the strongest source of ultraviolet radiation for our environment.

There are 3 types of ultraviolet radiation released by the sun – UVA, UVB, and UVC. They are classified according to their wavelength, with UVA being long-wavelength, UVB being middle-wavelength, and UVC being short-wavelength. The shorter the wavelength is, the more harmful the UV radiation. Thanks to the ozone layer, UVC radiation never reaches the Earth’s surface; UVA and UVB rays, however, can cause eye damage, premature aging, and even skin cancer.

SPF, or sun protection factor, is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB rays from damaging the skin. UVB radiation is the main cause of sunburn, but exposure to UVA radiation can still have damaging effects, including skin aging and cancer.

Taking Care of Yourself

  • It’s important to use a sunscreen that protects against both UVB and UVA radiation – look for one that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
  • Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, more frequently if you are playing in the water or playing a sport.
  • In addition to using a good quality sunscreen, you should make sure you spend time in the shade when possible.
  • Use lip balm that offers UV protection.
  • Cover up with clothing and a hat, especially between the hours of 10am-4pm, when UVB rays are strongest.

For more tips on how to stay safe in the hot summer sun, click here.

Have fun and stay safe!

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