As we begin to enter the time of year of warmer and sunnier days, outdoor workers from all industries know the importance of protecting themselves from UV and heat exposure. Things like staying properly hydrated, wearing sunscreen, and wearing protective clothing such as sunglasses and hats are all common practices for outdoor workers in the warmer months of the year. For construction and utility workers, who mostly perform outdoor tasks, staying protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays is critical in preventing sun burn, sun poisoning, and skin cancer.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and worldwide. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70, with more than 2 people dying of skin cancer in the U.S. every hour. While having 5 or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma, when detected early, the 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 99 percent. Construction and utility workers need to take extra precautions to protect themselves when working outdoors to limit their exposure to the sun and UV radiation.
Sun Shields by Paulson Mfg.
One of the best ways for construction & utility workers to protect themselves from harmful UV exposure is to wear proper protective clothing, which includes a hardhat. Most experts agree that a wide brim hardhat is best for covering as much of the head, neck, and face as possible, and there are various accessories that can attach to the hardhat for added protection. One such accessory is the protective sun shield made by Paulson Mfg. Designed to extend the brim of both full-brim and front-brim hardhats, our sun shields provide additional UV protection than just wearing the hardhat by itself.
Other Features & Benefits Of Our Protective Sun Shields Include:
- Models to fit most manufacturers’ full-brim and front-brim hardhats
- Dark grey transparent section in the front that allows for excellent upward vision
- Rated for electrical utility work, with a melt/drip rating of 8.7 cal/cm2
- Made in the USA
Working With An Industry Leader
Sun exposure can often be overlooked due to the more fatal or ‘seen’ hazards found on construction sites. Keeping awareness of UV radiation dangers high among construction & utility workers can go a long way in preventing both painful sunburns and the potential for skin cancer.
Paulson Mfg. has been making protective equipment for construction & utility workers for decades. We understand the importance of protecting these workers from various hazards on the job, which includes less obvious hazards like UV exposure. Preventative measures like wearing sunscreen and proper protective clothing are good practices for all outdoor workers.
For more information on our protective sun shields, please contact us today.