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Outdoor workers can spend eight hours or more outside during the work day. Shade can be a useful sun safety tool especially during lunch breaks and other breaks scheduled throughout the day.
Whether the outdoor workers at your business work in the same place each day, or they travel to different sites, there are many ways to help them stay in the shade with the help of trees, permanent shade structures and portable shade structures.
To get started with shade:
- Assess the worksite to determine where shade is needed and what is feasible. Outdoor lunch areas are great places to start.
- If possible, plant trees in open spaces.
- Erect temporary and permanent shade structures in open spaces where it will be used.
- Mount umbrella stands on picnic tables where employees congregate.
- Encourage employees to use shaded areas.
It is important to note that shade does not offer 100% protection from the sun. This is because the sun's rays reflect off of many surfaces and can reach you in the shade. For example, lawn grass reflects up to 2% of UV, concrete sidewalks reflect up to 8%, asphalt reflects up to 9%, dry sand reflects up to 18%, two-day old snow reflects up to 50% and fresh snow reflects up to 88%! For these reasons, it is very important to develop a multitude of sun-safe habits.
Click here for a list of companies that sell shade structures.
Have more questions about shade? Check out Skin Cancer 101 - Shade.