The damage the sun does to the skin is cumulative. Developing sunburn just a few times can raise your lifetime risk of skin cancer. The sun also damages the eyes, raising the risk of eye cancers, cataracts and abnormal growths on the eyes. It’s common knowledge that sunscreen is an essential accessory for trips to the beach or walks in the park, but these precautions aren’t always followed in the workplace. Employees in all industries can benefit from protecting themselves from ultraviolet radiation. The healthcare providers at Southern Hills Hospital are here for you. Let us help you brainstorm solutions for living a healthier lifestyle.
Sun safety for indoor workers
Many people are surprised to learn that sun safety is important while indoors, as well as outdoors. Window glass does block UVB radiation well, but it’s less effective at blocking UVA radiation. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation , 50 percent or more of the UVA radiation directed at a window can pass through it and inflict damage on the skin cells of the person on the other side.
Researchers have identified asymmetrical sun damage on the faces of people who work long hours near a window. For instance, if you’re a librarian and you sit at a reference desk with a window to your left, you’ll eventually notice more signs of sun damage on the left side of your face than the right.
You can protect yourself by keeping some sunscreen at your workplace and reapplying it every two hours. Talk to your employer about having UV-protective film applied to the windows in your office.
Sun safety for outdoor workers
For people who work long hours under the hot sun, UV protection is even more important. Wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen is a must. Outdoor workers can also do the following:
- Wear UV-protective sunglasses
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat
- Wear UV-protective clothing
- Use lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher
- Try to schedule indoor tasks when the sun is strongest
You’ll find your partner in health at Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas. We are a healthcare community of dedicated family physicians, specialists and nurses, all of whom are committed to healthcare excellence. Call our nurse referral line at (702) 916-5023.