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Sun Protection

 

Stay sun-safe out there

More than 1 million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, outnumbering all other cancers combined. The majority of these are preventable and are caused by ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun. Sun exposure should be a concern every day you go outside. Protect yourself—know the facts and use the right products.
 
 
Types of Skin Cancer
Workers who are exposed to the sun's UV rays and do not properly protect themselves face a higher risk of developing both skin cancer and eye damage. Even a few serious sunburns can increase the risk of developing skin cancer.
 
Basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common forms of skin cancer. These two are also referred to as non-melanoma skin cancers, they are less serious and are highly curable when treated early. Melanoma is the least common form of skin cancer, but the most fatal, especially if it spreads to the lymph nodes or other organs.

For more information about skin cancer, including what to look for, visit www.skincancer.org.
 
How to Protect Yourself from the Sun
  • Limit the amount of time you spend in the sun. If you work outside all day, take breaks indoors or in the shade.
  • The sun's rays are the strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Be especially careful to protect your skin from exposure during those hours.
  • Remember that UV rays are hazardous year round and not just during the summer. They can also reach you on overcast days and reflect off bright surfaces such as water, snow and concrete.
  • Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Darker colors tend to absorb UV rays well, but also consider the weight, material and how tightly woven the fabric is. Don't wear clothing that is too tight.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim that shades your ears, face, temples and the back of your neck from the sun.
  • Use sunscreen on your face, neck, hands, forearms and other unprotected, exposed skin. Be sure to choose a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater.
  • Apply sunscreen before going out in the sun. It's best to put it on 20 to 30 minutes ahead of time. Reapply it frequently during the day.
  • Always wear sunglasses that absorb and block 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB rays. Most safety glasses are made of polycarbonate, which blocks more than 99% of UV rays.

Other Resources

The CDC has more information about sun exposure and a guide on how to protect workers from skin cancer. Click here to learn more.
 
Sun Protection Products
Sun Protection Hats
Choose hats with wide brims and flaps to keep the sun off your ears, neck and face. View all sun protection hats.

Outback-Style Sun Hat
Popular style hat protects you from the sun and keeps you cool
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Neck Shade Sun Cap
Size-adjustable baseball cap with a protective back flap
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Sun Protection Shirts
Choose light-colored shirts with long sleeves made of lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics. View all sun protection shirts.

River's End® SolarShield UPF 30+ Long-Sleeve Work Shirts
Quick drying guide shirt with UPF 30+ rating
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Solar Shield™ UV Protection Long Sleeve Shirt
Solar Shield UPF 30+ fabric provides protection from harmful UV rays
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Sunscreen
Use sunscreen on your face, neck, hands, forearms and other unprotected, exposed skin. Be sure to choose a sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater. View all sunscreens.

SPF 30+ Industrial Sunscreen
Complete, economical sun protection for small to large crews
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Sawyer® Stay-Put® SPF 50 Sunscreen
Sweatproof sunscreen that doesn't rub off
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Safety Glasses
Safety glasses with polycarbonate lenses block over 99% of harmful UV rays and allow you to work comfortably while working in bright sunshine.View all safety glasses.

Elvex® Xenon Safety Glasses
Some of the lightest safety glasses on the market
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Elvex® XTS™ Wraparound Safety Glasses
Sleek design increases employee acceptance
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Sun Canopies
Sun canopies quickly attach to tractors and mowers to provide shade from the sun. View all tractor canopies.

Femco, Inc.® TuffTop Tractor Canopy
Sun shade that's easy to fold up or down
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Femco, Inc.® Standard Tractor Canopy
Tractor canopy offers protection from the sun
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