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Protecting Climbers From Solar Radiation

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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A Life Without Risk

equipment for beginnersA life without risk is only a mirage. Regardless of the latent danger life has no taste, it is extremely tasteless. The risk is like salt, the spark that can not miss in any five-star dish. If you do not want to become a tedious affair, you have to live new experiences filled with adrenaline. You can not wait for all the lights to turn green to start the trip. However, there is a middle way to prepare for moments of vertigo and thrills that shoot through your heart like a rocket.

Climbing is an extreme sport in which you only depend on yourself. You will have to avail yourself of your own physical and mental strength to make the ascent, overcoming obstacles and climb the highest summit. There are different types of climbing; as the level of difficulty, fitness and user technique will be more convenient one kind or another.

To make contact with this activity begin with a practice climbing wall using a rope, so-called indoor climbing. This mode should not be confused with the real indoor climbing. Indoor climbing allows you to gain strength and polish your skills to face new challenges. In climbing there is a risk of falling from a considerable height, so always a basic protective equipment is used. Novices, taking their first steps in climbing, the minimum equipment needed: rope, climbing shoes, harness, quickdraws, griji and magnesium. All these elements will be discussed in detail in subsequent articles, contribute to better grip while climbing the wall.

Rock climbing can be a little costly to get set up, but we can always rent or borrow equipment until we eventually own what we need. Always keep safety in mind. First you will need a harness and a helmet. From here we could add several different materials and tools depending on the chosen route and the type of rock.

The basic equipment for climbing :

Climbing shoes: They must be adjusted and the rubber soles must be good quality

Cintas express: It takes between 12 and 14 films and have 2 connectors attached by a ribbon of polyamide, Very important when choosing – is to look at the tapes which are to be of an accepted standard.

Rope: At the time of purchasing a climbing rope keep in mind the diameter. The minimum length of rope is 60 meters, but it is advisable to buy lenghts of 70 meters for general rock climbing.

Desirable diameters ranging from 9.8 cm, 10.0 cm, 10.2 cm, these ropes are more durable and higher absorption of stress

Harness: the Harness is the most important thing, apart from security, which is very comfortable and the size must be correct.

Eddy: It’s an automatic screen with an anti-panic system

Grigri: Is a semi-automatic safety system that ensures safety when falling

If the climber falls, this tool drives a cam that automatically slows the fall, If the climber is not paying attention or has a problem, this system is a life saver. Despite its alleged automatism to stop a fall, you should not release the string at any time as there is a possibility of malfunction without help from the devise.

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