Industrial roofers and the threat of UV exposure
We already know that outdoor workers must protect themselves from the harmful damage that the sun’s UV rays can cause; from skin cancer and eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration, to premature ageing and immunity suppression.
Very few jobs require workers to be subjected to direct sunlight more than a roofer. Which makes the profession the most at risk from the negative aspects of prolonged UV exposure; when you’re building roofs, rarely is there a roof above your head.
When workers are on site they are buffeted by UVA and UVB rays from all angles. The sun’s radiation doesn’t travel in one direction, it also reflects off the ground, glass and metal surfaces meaning when you’re working on a roof the sun’s rays can hit you from every angle.
These negative effects are easy to protect against, though. Here are a few ways in which our roof installation teams keep safe from UV rays.
How to protect from the sun
- Any exposed skin must be protected using a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 25 and should be reapplied throughout the day with the face being showed extra attention. If it isn’t too hot, then it is advisable to cover as much skin as possible with a shirt or jacket with tightly woven fabrics.
- Sunscreen and SPF lip balm should be used even when it is overcast as clouds actually provide little protection to UV rays and even in colder months, prolonged exposure to the sun can still cause damage.
- Regular rest breaks should be taken where roofers should retire to a shaded place well out of the sun.
- Safety glasses with UV protection are always advised; they should have a UV rating of at least 400 and should be certified in line with EN 166 and EN 172 to ensure personal eye protection and sun glare filters for industrial use.
When we undertake industrial roofing in Manchester our team of experienced experts know to ensure they are protected from the sun’s rays each and every time they work.