Clearview South August 2013 - Issue 141 - Page 81

INSTALLERSUPPORT Working Effectively Outdoors When working outdoors, the weather can have an effect on an individual’s effectiveness and this is not readily managed using just engineering controls. In these circumstances some of the most effective ways of managing these environments is by introducing some simple administrative controls for example: Hot environments Working in the sun - What is the problem? Too much sunlight is harmful to your skin. A tan is a sign that the skin has been damaged. The damage is caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight. Who is at risk? Longer-term problems can arise. Too much sun speeds up ageing of the skin, making it leathery, mottled and wrinkled. The most serious effect is an increased chance of developing skin cancer. What can you do to protect yourself? • Reschedule work to cooler times of the day. • Provide more frequent rest breaks and introduce shading to rest areas. • Provide free access to cool drinking water. • Introduce shading in areas where individuals are working. • Encourage the removal of personal protective equipment when resting to help encourage heat loss. • Educate workers about recognising the early symptoms of heat stress. If work keeps you outdoors for a long time your skin could be exposed to more sun than is healthy for you. Outdoor workers that could be at risk include farm or construction workers, market gardeners, outdoor activity workers and some public service workers. You should take particular care if you have: • Fair or freckled skin that doesn’t tan, or goes red or burns before it tans; • Red or fair hair and light coloured eyes; • A large number of moles. What are the harmful effects? ‘free access to cool drinking water’ In the short term, even mild reddening of the skin from sun exposure is a sign of damage. Sunburn can blister the skin and make it peel. • Keep your top on (ordinary clothing made from close woven fabric, such as long sleeved workshirt and jeans stops most UV). • Wear a hat with a brim or a flap that covers the ears and the back of the neck. • Stay in the shade whenever possible, during your breaks and especially at lunchtime. • Use a high factor sunscreen of at least SPF15 on any exposed skin. • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. • Check your skin regularly for any unusual moles or spots. See a doctor promptly if you find anything that is changing in shape, size or colour, itching or bleeding. The Ultimate uPVC sash window Designed to replicate the fine details of an original timber sash, the Ultimate Rose is the pinnacle of uPVC sash windows. Ultimate Rose features include: • Full mechanical joints - no welds used on the window, mimicking traditional joinery. • Run-through horn - continuous part of the sash • Bespoke traditional furniture (optional extra) • Energy ‘A’ rating as standard • Authentic astragal bars • Deep bottom rail • Wide range of finishes and options available to suit any project Call 0844 870 7178 and start selling the Ultimate Rose sash window from Roseview or visit www.roseviewwindows.co.uk Follow us at: twitter.com/RoseviewWindows Scan here To read more, visit www.clearview-uk.com AUG 2013 81