This summer any time you plan to enjoy (or work) in the great outdoors make sure don't forget to slip, slap and slop….
slip on a shirt, slap on a hat and slop on some sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) and don’t forget your sunglasses…. The sun produces many different kinds of light. The kinds most likely to injure the eye are:
- ultraviolet radiation, which is invisible and is often called "UV rays";
- bright or intense light; and
- blue light.
Eye protection is best addressed by the use of eyewear that provides protection from UVA and UVB rays. UVA and UVB These rays can cause, or speed up the progress of several diseases that affect the eye or its supporting structures. UVB rays have also been linked to skin cancer. Most of the damage caused to eyes by UVB and UVA rays happens over a long period of time and cannot be reversed. Sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation varies from one person to the next. When buying sunglasses look for a label that lists the type and amount of protection and wear them even when the sky seems hazy to ensure ultimate protection.
Also, remember that there are other risks to being outdoors this summer such as heat exhaustion so ensure that you prepare, stay cool and keep hydrated. Health Canada offers some great tips on avoiding heat exhaustion.
The above are just reminders to help you stay healthy while enjoying the great outdoors.
Have a great summer everyone!
Your RRU Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee (JOHSC)