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solar protectionHow to properly protect workers from solar radiation

Summer is approaching and along with the promotions of products for protection from the sun. However, there is little awareness that the protection of the UV radiation of solar origin should be throughout the year, especially when the responsibility is no longer the person, but of a company ahead of its workers in positions Long exposure.

In its rules on Basic Sanitary and Environmental Conditions in the workplace, the Ministry of Health clearly outlines the considerations that should be a company with employees who perform work under ultraviolet radiation of solar origin are, ranging from the establish seasons as UV, shaded rest areas, personal protection and appropriate training and provision of all the updated information for protection indexes, bearing in mind that this exhibition possible diseases ranging from sunburn to the possible cancer skin.

Despite this, for various reasons is not always true rules, so says Luis Ibanez, technical advisor of the company specializing in industrial safety Garmendia, who described what are some of the basic care that a company must promote and give their to protect workers from exposure to sunlight and are detailed in the Technical Guide ultraviolet radiation of solar origin of the Health Ministry. Http://www.udec.cl/dirper/sites/default/files/guia_tecnica_radiacion_uv_minsal%20.pdf

Personal protective equipment (PPE): Sun Protection Factor (SPF):
Use at least SPF 30 for all exposed workers and 50+ for places with the highest percentage of radiation.
Apply protection around the body at least 20 minutes before sun exposure.
Reapply every two or three hours as usual.
After washing, reapply. Towel eliminates 80% initial protection.
Using the FPS grade according to skin type.
Eye protection:
For use in places where the percentage of radiation is increased, as snow, sand, water, altitude, among others and should have:
Lateral protection.
Protection against UV radiation with 97% of filtered light.
Consider recommendations for lens colors as work.
Keep in mind that the color of the glass does not imply protection.
Proper attire:
Wear long-sleeved pants and light clothing. In the snow wearing gloves.
Use Legionnaire cap type hat to cover the neck or neck covers.
Covering most of the body, especially: arms and hands; head and neck; and feet and legs.
Allowing comfortably perform activities, based on the size, breathability and visibility when appropriate.
That is consistent with the use of other PPE and the presence of other risk agents (eg chemicals), as appropriate.
Breaks and hydration:
Perform adequately shaded area of the workplace to reduce direct exposure to UV radiation such as roofing, plant trees, dark and tightly woven mesh, suitable windscreen.
If the job does not allow it to have shaded areas for relaxation.
No matter winter or summer, you should consume plenty of fluids, at least about 2.0 liters.
Environments and climates:
They deemed to be exposed to UV radiation workers who perform work under direct sunlight in days between September 1 and March 31, between 10.00 and 17.00, and those who perform usual functions under direct solar UV radiation As a UV index 6 or more at any time of year.
On cloudy days, the sun’s rays pierce the clouds.
Sand, water, snow and pavement reflectors are also high sunlight.

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