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You Are My Sunshine

By: Lindsey MacDonald

If the sun could talk, I think it would brag. After all, it is the largest mass in our solar system, the closest star to Earth, it gives off all of the necessary heat and light to sustain life on earth and it makes us feel good inside. There is nothing like a bright, sunny day to raise our spirits and lift our mood.

But it can’t all be sunshine and rainbows. The sun’s rays also have some harmful effects on us that we need to shed some light on. The sun gives off ultraviolet or UV rays which can cause serious injury such as sunburn, skin cancer, eye damage and premature skin aging.

If your workplace is in the great outdoors, you’re going to want to know what you can do to protect yourself from the damaging effects of UV rays. The following list of safety tips comes recommended by Health Canada:

Safety Tips

  • Plan to be outside in the early morning or late afternoon.
  • Stay in the shade and out of the hot sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • If you are in the sun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., wear long pants, long sleeves and a hat with a wide brim to protect your skin from sunburn.
  • Wear sunglasses that provide UVA and UVB protection.
  • Use a sunscreen lotion or cream that is Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15 or more.
  • Use a sunscreen that says “broad-spectrum” on the label. It will screen out most of the UVA and UVB rays.
  • Put sunscreen on your skin 20 minutes before you go out and reapply 20 minutes after being out in the sun to ensure even application of the product and better protection.
  • Don’t forget your lips, ears and nose. These parts of your body burn easily.
  • Sunscreen gets washed off by water and sweat, so put more sunscreen on after you go swimming or if you are sweating.

When you’re outside in the sun, remember: work smart, work safe.

Information from Health Canada: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/pubs/sun-sol/safety-prudence-eng.php

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