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Protected skin from UV radiation
All skin types can suffer damage from exposure to sunlight.
It is important that you protect your skin from prolonged
exposure to solar UV radiation regardless of your skin type.
If you are exposed to solar UV radiation over a prolonged
period of time you can experience damage to the cornea, formation
of cataracts and pterygia. Cataracts are like a white
colouring of the lens of your eye. Pterygoid are wing-shaped
growths of tissue on the eye and can cause symptoms like a
mild case of conjunctivitis.
:: Several factors contribute to an increased risk of
developing skin cancer:
- exposure during childhood;
- outdoor activities - for example, a job where you work
outside, suntanning, outdoor leisure and sporting activities;
- living closer to the equator - Queensland has a higher
rate of diagnosed skin cancers than Tasmania;
- being outdoors when solar UV radiation is more intense
- between the hours of 10.00am and 2.00pm (11.00am and 3.00pm
when there is daylight saving);
- having a fair complexion, blue eyes and freckles, and
skin which tans poorly and burns easily.
People who have already had a skin cancer
or keratoses also have an increased
risk of developing skin cancer.
UV Protection Solutions
There is a lot you can do to reduce the amount of sunlight
you are exposed to, both in your leisure time and during work.
Most cancers can be prevented by protecting your skin and
eyes from sunlight.
Where possible your employer should lessen the amount of exposure
to solar UV radiation by providing shade. Trees, buildings
or other structures can be used. If you do not have these
objects available, shade can be created by the use of canopies,
tents, screens and other portable structures which are easy
to put up and take down.
Clear car glass has a protection factor of about 13 SPF while
some window tints have higher protection factors, so when
driving for long periods consider keeping your windows up.
Another option is to change your work routine so that you
work indoors between the hours of 10.00 am and 2.00 pm (11.00
am and 3.00 pm when there is daylight saving).
UV Protection Monitors
There are a lot of UV protection monitors on the market.
We review UV protection monitors by price, brand, expert opinion,
consumer reviews, buying conditions, quality and more, to
help you choose the best UV protection monitor model without
paying a lot.
.: Oregon Scientific Personal UV
Personal UV Protection Monitor's Features:
Monitors the current UV index and temperature, and calculates
your recommended exposure time based on UV, SPF and your personal
- Monitors current UV levels Exposure timer uses UV, SPF
and skin type to calculate recommended exposure time.
- Exposure time automatically updates with changes in UV
- Monitors current temperature
- Countdown timer
- Digital clock
- Wrist strap for easy use
- Splashproof case
- Countdown timer
- Includes 1 CR2032 coin battery
- Manufacturer warranty: 1 year
.: Chaney UV Protection Monitor
Monitors UV rays and calculates recommended exposure time:
- Helps to prevent sunburn and skin damage
- Portable; comes with a lanyard
- Personal UV-exposure sensor; easy-to-read digital display
- Monitors and alerts user to harmful rays from the sun
- Customizable for sunscreen SPF levels, skin type and UV
Try to wear clothing that gives good protection from the sun
- for example, trousers instead of shorts, a hat and a long-sleeve
shirt with a collar.
Sun protection factor, more commonly known as SPF, is a classification
based on prescribed standards. The higher the SPF, up to 15+,
the greater your level of protection. A sunscreen works best
if you reapply it every two hours. Remember, no sunscreen
can give you full protection from sunlight.
:: Lip protection
Lip cancer from prolonged exposure to sunlight is common in
outdoor workers. Your lips should be protected with an SPF
15+ sunscreen or lip protection with the same rating.
We recommend the
Nutra-Lift Lip Sun Protection
:: Eye protection
If you work in a highly reflective environment then it is
recommended that you wear sunglasses that meet prescribed
standard, such as Viper
with UV and blue light protection.