As summer weather starts to set in, employers may need to step up their attention to jobsite safety for workers who spend time outdoors. Skin care company Deb Group recently conducted a survey of adults who spend at least half of their work time outside, and found that only 18% of them always wear sunscreen. Also, 50% of the workers say they always or sometimes see a need for sunscreen at work, but 71% claim their employers do not provide sunscreen.
The potential for sunburn and skin cancer aren't the only concerns for workers on outdoor jobsites. Heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, can be dangerous results from over-exertion in the heat, especially for inexperienced workers. "If someone has not worked in hot weather for at least a week, their body needs time to adjust," says Mandy Edens, director of OSHA's Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management. "Closely supervise new employees for the first 14 days or until they're fully acclimatized. Most heat-related worker deaths occur in the first three days on the job, and more than third occur on the very first day. New and temporary workers are disproportionately affected."