Enjoying the Sunshine Safely

Did you know that yesterday was reported to be the hottest April day in almost 70 years, here in the UK? Inspired by the beautiful weather, we thought now would be a great time to remind you all about staying safe in the sun.

If you’re anything like us, you’ll love clear blue skies and bright, sunny days. The advantage of sun-filled spring days is being able to see your garden come to life, and there’s little in life that puts a bigger smile on our face than nature blossoming and blooming in front of our eyes.

As delighted as Hundred Acre’s founder and director, Bridget Gilmour, was to see her car temperature gauge at 27.5 degrees yesterday afternoon, it also made her think about those who spend their working hours outside, often to the detriment of their health.

“There are thousands upon thousands of workers who spend most of their time outside, whatever the weather.” Explains Bridget. “Although many people think it must be nice to work outside during the warmer months, there are some significant health risks associated with it.

“We know that 80% of the radiation from the sun’s rays still gets through on overcast days, so workers can’t rely on cloudy days to get respite from the sun.

“The great news is many organisations are taking action right now to protect their employees. You can do the same for your workers too, by downloading the solar radiation resources on the No Time To Lose website. You can also contact us for advice; we’ll be very happy to help you.”

Key Facts

  • 60 people die in Great Britain every year due to occupational skin cancer
  • At least 1,500 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are linked to solar radiation through work every year in Great Britain
  • At least 240 new cases of malignant melanoma linked to solar radiation through work every year in Great Britain

Top Tips to Stay Safe

  • Cover up
  • Apply at least a factor 30 sun cream to areas that may be exposed while working
  • Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water
  • Take breaks in the shade
  • Check for any changes to your skin

This Sunday, over 40,000 people will take part in the London Marathon. We wish everyone the very best of luck, and ask that whether you’re participating or spectating, you apply sun cream, drink plenty of water, and stay safe in the sun. We hear it’ll be the hottest day for the London Marathon on record, so please encourage all participants to drink as much water as possible. With 650,000 bottles of mineral water being handed out along the route, there’ll be plenty for everyone.

We hope you all have a wonderful time enjoying the lovely weather. Just remember, always apply sun cream and keep hydrated. Long may this gorgeous weather continue!

If you’d like to know more about Hundred Acre and the services we offer, please call us on +44 (0)1933 201103 or write to us via our contact page. You can also find us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

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