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Summertime Means Heightened Workplace Safety Concerns

6.21.10

As we head into the summer months, those employers who regularly employ outdoor workers need to consider the safety risks associated with these positions. Outdoor workers run a greater risk of developing skin cancer or other sun-exposure related diseases than the average person because of the potential overexposure of sun from being outside the majority of each day.

So what should employers do to avoid the summertime blues? Although the likelihood of an OSHA visit due to sun exposure is minimal, more significant are the costs associated with illness, treatment, and absence due to skin cancers. For a little time and money, an employer can invest in helping its employees to live healthier lives, which leads to better productivity and higher morale in the workplace. Many employers have instituted wellness programs based on this philosophy. A general sun protection program is an essential part of any comprehensive wellness program. Here are some recommendations for minimizing outdoor employees' overexposure to the sun:


This article appeared in the June 21, 2010 issue of InsideCounsel.

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