It’s not too late to think about whether your outdoor workers are protected from UV. On average, the UV index in the UK will reach 4 in September, which still presents a moderate risk; the NHS advises seeking shade, covering up with clothing and using a high factor sun protection cream. Remember – each episode of sun burn can increase the risk of developing skin cancer.
An effective, high quality product is really important – but finding products that your employees enjoy using is vital too. SC Johnson Professional has extensive experience in developing products that people like to use, maximising skin care compliance wherever they are provided.
Outdoor workers are exposed to UVA & UVB rays from the sun. Some workers can also be exposed to UVC rays from industrial processes such as welding (sun cream offers additional protection only and must not be used as a replacement for PPE here).
In order to stay protected as much as possible, an average-sized adult should apply at least six full teaspoons to cover the body, which equates to more than half a teaspoon on each arm and the face and neck including the ears.
SC Johnson Professional also recommends the ‘Five S approach’;
- Slip on a T-shirt
- Slop on a high factor, broad spectrum sun protection cream
- Slap on a hat
- Slide on sunglasses
- Shade from the sun wherever possible
Stokoderm® Sun Protect 30 PURE is a factor 30 sun protection cream from SC Johnson Professional. Available in 100ml portable tubes or dispenser cartridges, the sun cream is ideal for either personal use or installation at key areas on site.
The cream is broad spectrum, protecting against both UVA and UVB rays as well as being perfume-free and water resistant. Stokoderm® Sun Protect also provides additional protection against UVC rays, but does not replace PPE.
Ideal for busy industrial workers, the cream is quickly and easily absorbed into the skin and has a non-greasy after feel to encourage regular use and help limit the effect on dexterity with handheld tools. Stokoderm® Sun Protect is also suitable for any production sites where paint and surface coating processes are undertaken, as it is silicone-free.
Stokoderm® Sun Protect 50 PURE boasts many of the same benefits as 30 PURE, but prolongs the skin’s natural protection time against the sun’s UVB rays by a factor of 50. A highly water-resistant formula, it has been extensively tested to prove retention of SPF50 protection even after 80 minutes in water.
Not only is 50 PURE silicone-free, but it is also compatible with rubber production processes. Independently tested at the German Institute of Rubber Technology (DIK), the cream was proven to have no negative effect on the vulcanisation process.
As well as provision of product, SC Johnson Professional advises support through in-depth training and resources. Well-placed product and resources on site can aid with compliance; the Deb Stoko Sun Safety Centre is the ideal choice for raising awareness when the UV index is high.
Pre-assembled with a 1-litre lockable dispenser and a mirror for easy application, the Safety Centre also includes a holder and cards to display the daily local UV index level, key facts and statistics on skin cancer as well as instructions of why, how and when outdoor workers need to protect themselves from the sun.
To learn more about SC Johnson Professional’s UV protective skin care, training and downloadable resources, head here.