Sunburn and exposure to the UV in sunlight can significantly increase an individual's risk of skin cancer. Those most at risk are people with fair skin, lots of freckles or moles, or a family history of skin cancer. Direct sunlight exposure is not necessary to increase the risk; even exposure to UV light on bright overcast days can increase the risk.
Heat stress occurs when the body's means of controlling its internal temperature starts to fail. As well as air temperature, factors such as work rate, humidity and clothing worn while working may lead to heat stress.
Typical symptoms are:
A risk assessment must be carried out where there is a possibility of heat stress occurring in the workplace.
It is easy to lose concentration, especially over a long period. Ensure drivers:
Factors to consider are:
This month NHS England launched a new initiative, 'Cover Up, Mate', to combat skin cancer caused by sun exposure among men who work outdoors through its own No Time to Lose campaign, IOSH are a core partner in the 'Cover Up, Mate' campaign.
'Cover Up, Mate' urges workers who spend long periods of time outdoors to protect themselves against the sun. Farmers, builders, sportsmen and gardeners are the main focus of the campaign because of their potential prolonged exposure to solar radiation.
Also alongside the Cover Up, Mate’ campaign we have made available free document that give advice to employees and employers on how to manage working on the sun.
By James Murphy
We are giving you a
Working in the Sun Advice Guide
*No catches, grab a document free of charge!
I don't have Microsoft Office or Microsoft Word, what should I do?
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Open Office Org is open-source developed alternative to Microsoft Office, developed by a large software company called Oracle. Open Source means the company who build the software, allow 100% use of it, 100% free.
Since Open Office is specifically developed to be exactly the same as Microsoft Office, with all the same programs in the suite (Eg: Word, Excel, Access and Power Point) - it will freely open any Microsoft Office file-format. Meaning, just because a document was written in Microsoft Word, doesn't mean it can't be opened in another program. Open Office will do that, and vise versa.
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