Sun and Safety Awareness

Sun and safety awareness can keep you safe at work and outside.

Awareness keeps you safe

Safety awareness is the foundation of a safe workplace. Follow these steps:

  • Plan each job before you start. Think about the tools, materials, equipment, and procedures you’ll be using and the safety precautions you need to take.
  • Look for possible problems. With the right precautions everything should be fine, but consider what could go wrong.
  • Get all the information you need to do the job safely. Never begin a job unless you know what to do and how to do it.
  • Wear required personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep you safe. Never skip this step. PPE could prevent a serious injury—or even save your life.
  • Organize your work area, keeping clean and clear of potential hazards such as things people could trip over, slip on, or bump into; materials that could catch fire; and chemicals that could release hazardous vapors or explode.
  • Inspect tools, equipment, and PPE before using to ensure they are in good condition and safe to use.
  • Follow safety rules. An important part of safety awareness involves knowing the safety rules that apply to every job you perform and following them at all times. This also means no fooling around and no taking short cuts.
  • Focus on what you’re doing. If your mind is on something other than the job, the risk of making a dangerous mistake increases greatly. There’s too much at stake for you to give your job anything less than your full attention.
  • Remain alert for unsafe conditions and unsafe acts. When you encounter unsafe conditions, remove, repair, or report them. When you see unsafe acts,  speak up. Express your concern to those taking risks.
  • Be prepared for emergencies. Know what to do in the event of a fire or other emergency. Make sure you know where fire alarms, extinguishers, and emergency exits are located.

Keep safe in the heat: drink plenty of water

When temperatures soar, perhaps one of the most important things you can do to prevent heat stress is to drink water. Drink water all through the day so that you end up consuming at least 8 to 10 glasses. Drink 2 to 4 glasses of water each hour while exercising or working in the heat.

Are you overheated?

Enjoy the warm summer temperatures, but be careful when it gets too hot. Use this chart to recognize if you’re getting overheated whether at work or play, and take steps to cool down.

CONDITION SYMPTOM(S)
Heat Cramps Pain
Cure: drink water
Heat Exhaustion

Weakness

Dizziness

Sweating

Moist, Pale, Flushed Skin

Cure: Move to a cool place. Loosen clothes and apply cool compresses. Drink water more slowly. Elevate feet 8-12 inches.
Heat Stroke

Lack of Sweating

High Body Temperature

Dry, Hot Skin

Chills

Strong, Rapid Pulse

Cure: Treat as a medical emergency. Call a doctor immediately. Move to a cool area immediately. Use cool water to soak the person’s clothes and body. Fan the body. Don’t give fluids if the victim is unconscious.

What are UV rays?

And why are they hazardous? Ultraviolet light is a form of radiation that can penetrate and change skin cells. There are two types of UV rays to worry about: UVA and UVB.

UVA, the most abundant type, can penetrate beyond the top layer of skin and increase the risk of skin cancer and eye problems, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. UVB rays are less plentiful because more are absorbed by the ozone layer, and they penetrate less deeply into the skin. But they can still be damaging.