It is estimated that more than two million cases of basal cell or squamous skin cancer (nonmelanoma) and 68,720 cases of malignant melanoma (the most serious form of skin cancer) were diagnosed in 2009 in the U.S.
Hot summer months pose special hazards for outdoor workers who must protect themselves against heat, sun exposure, and other hazards. Employers and employees should know the potential hazards in their workplaces and how to manage them.
Sun safety tips for outdoor workers.
Sunlight contains ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which causes premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, cataracts, and skin cancer. The amount of damage from UV exposure depends on the strength of the light, the length of exposure, and whether the skin is protected. There are no safe UV rays or safe suntans.
OSHA's nationwide Heat Illness Prevention Campaign aims to raise awareness and teach workers and employers about the dangers of working in hot weather and provide valuable resources to address these concerns.
Provides safety information for outdoor workers who are exposed to heat stress, UV radiation, poisonous plants and creatures, and pest-borne diseases.
Sun safety tips for farmers.
A toolkit for outdoor workers with sample policies and other resources.
Resources from an all-out effort to alert laborers to the solar danger in outdoor summer work.
A forecast of the day’s peak UV intensity.
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