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COATINGSPRO MAY 2018 37 WORK IT SAFE Ultraviolet (UV) rays are a part of sunlight that is an invisible form of radiation. UV rays can penetrate and change the structure of skin cells. There are three types of UV rays: ultraviolet A (UVA), ultraviolet B (UVB), and ultraviolet C (UVC). UVA is the most abundant source of solar radiation at the Earth's surface, and it penetrates beyond the top layer of human skin. Scientists believe that UVA radiation can cause damage to connective tissue and increase a person's risk for develop- ing skin cancer. UVB rays penetrate less deeply into skin but can still cause some forms of skin cancer. Natural UVC rays do not pose a risk to workers because they are absorbed by the Earth's atmosphere. Sunlight exposure is highest during the summer and between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Working outdoors during these times increases t h e c h a n c e s o f g e t t i n g s u n b u r n e d . S n o w a n d l i g h t - c o l o r e d s a n d reflect UV light and increase the risk of sunburn. At work sites with these conditions, UV rays may reach workers' exposed skin from both above and below. Workers are at risk of UV radiation even on cloudy days. Many drugs increase sensitivity to sunlight and the risk of getting sunburn. Some common ones include thiazides, diuretics, tetracycline, doxycycline, sulfa antibiotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen. Employers should take the following steps to protect workers from sun exposure: When possible, avoid scheduling outdoor work when sunlight exposure is the greatest; Provide shaded or indoor break areas; Provide training to workers about sun exposure, including: » Their risk of exposure » How to prevent exposure » The signs and symptoms of overexposure For more information, contact: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), www.cdc.gov/niosh and falls constitute an overwhelming majority of general industry accidents, causing over 15 percent of all uninten- tional deaths and more than 5,000 serious injuries per year. Many of these incidents may be curbed by addressing the issues of jobsite fatigue and comfort experienced by employees. Identifying the safety needs dictated by your jobsite environment is an important first step for determining what kind of safety footwear is right for you. Start by asking a few simple questions: • Will your crew be working on predominantly flat or uneven surfaces? • Does your jobsite or general contrac- tor require a safety toe? • Will your crew be dealing with other environmental concerns, such as caustic, abrasion, or liquid hazards? Once you have these key environ- mental factors identified, you can begin to look at specific footwear styles to see which model best meets your crew's needs. A typical style for the optimal coatings industry footwear should incorporate an oil- and slip-resistant outsole for reliable traction and stability, a waterproof design, if necessary, and lightweight construction when possible. Construction Not all safety footwear is created equal. It should go without saying that a durable, high-quality boot is essential for any jobsite, but even high-end, full-featured boots can be the wrong choice for your unique work environ- ment. A boot's construction is an excellent barometer for determining if it's the proper choice for your specific line of work. e three most common footwear construction methods are cement, direct-attach, and welted. Check out our boot overview in the July 2017 issue of CoatingsPro Magazine ("Laying the Right Foundation With Protective Footwear"). Fit and Comfort Other considerations to make before choosing the right work boot are crucial but often forgotten: fit and comfort. In addition to choosing the wrong ty pe of work boot, poor-fitting shoes can lead to a variety of foot conditions that can compromise comfort and even health. According to the American Safety Watch

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