Now that summer’s finally here, I thought it would be a good idea to go back to the blog post I wrote the last time we had a heatwave. It’s so important that construction staff stay safe in the sun given the amount of time they spend outside. Let’s hope the lovely sunshine lasts until the weekend when we can all enjoy it.
Well at last we have some sunshine. And just in time for stay out of the sun day. Although this is an American holiday, I thought it would be a good time to blog about sun safety as this is such an important issue in the construction industry (and fantastic that we are in the middle of a heatwave too). Many of the workers that we place at Temple Recruitment work outdoors, so in this heat, I thought it would be good to remind everyone of some tips to keep them safe in the sun.
We all know that excessive exposure to sunlight can age the skin prematurely and cause skin cancer, which is now the most common form of cancer in the UK, with 10,000 cases diagnosed each year (www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk/SkinInformation/SkinCancer.aspx). Construction workers, given their exposure to the sun, need to take extra care. We have taken some pointers from the HSE website, but we would advise:
- keep your top on and try to wear a long sleeve top with a collar if possible
- wear a hat, ideally one that has a large brim to protect your ears and neck (if you don’t need to wear a hard hat)
- sit in a shaded area during your breaks
- keep hydrated
- keep checking your skin for any changes
If you work for Temple Recruitment, please ensure that the health and safety team have briefed you on how to keep safe in the sun. If you are concerned about the provisions a site has made, please get in touch with one of the team. Please also make sure that there is a safe, shaded area for you to take your breaks and that sufficient water has been provided.
There is also lots more information on SunSmart: the UK’s national skin cancer prevention campaign.
We hope that now it has finally arrived, you do enjoy the sunshine and let’s all hope it lasts until Sunday at least!
Director, Temple Recruitment