Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Sun safety for drivers and outdoor workers

Sun safety posters
Dehydration posters
Driver sunglasses posters

The summer months are almost upon us, so it seems like a good time to look at sun safety and protecting ourselves during the warmer weather.

Protecting your skin
If you don't burn you may think you don't need to worry about being exposed to the sun, but you would be wrong.

Experts say that any change in skin colour is a sign of skin damage that could lead to premature ageing and skin cancers. So you might want to think twice before topping up your tan.

Statistics from Cancer Research UK show that, in the UK alone, 75,000 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year. To protect yourself you should wear a sunscreen that is suitable for your skin type but no less than SPF25.

Keeping hydrated
Dehydration can cause loss of concentration, tiredness, dizziness, headaches and mood swings. It is also estimated that a 4-5% drop in your body water can cause a 30% fall in your work performance.

Experts recommend that adults should be drinking around 2.5 litres of water a day. As we sweat more in the warmer weather, we may need to increase our intake.

Protecting your eyes
If you work out in the sun it's a good idea to wear suitable sunglasses. Make sure you choose British Standard lenses with full UV protection to shield your eyes from harmful rays.

Drivers should avoid wrap-around shades or sunglasses with wide sides as these block your peripheral vision and are like wearing blinkers on the road.

Category 4 lenses are designed for intense bright sunlight and are not suitable for driving. If you are in any doubt as to which lenses are right for you it is advisable to consult an optician.

Hayfever medication
If you suffer from hayfever take any medication with care. Some over-the-counter remedies can cause drowsiness and are unsuitable if you drive or operate machinery.

Always read the label and consult your GP or pharmacist if you have any concerns.

Drink driving
In the summer many of us enjoy a few beers with a barbecue or spending an afternoon in the pub beer garden. But beware, especially if you have to drive the next day, as almost one in five drink drivers are caught the morning after drinking.

Going without PPE
In the hot sun it may be tempting for employees to forgo their safety shoes, hard hat, hi-viz workwear or protective gloves. However, this can leave them vulnerable to accidents and injuries and must be prohibited.

Kodiak's motivational poster programme regularly addresses seasonal issues like these.

If you would like to find out more about how our posters can help you and your employees stay safe this summer, why not get in touch with us.

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