Safety in the Sun
Clothing and Hats
When choosing clothing to wear in the sun, either at home or abroad, consider the following guidelines:
- loose fitting garments (also allow for air circulation)
- tops with collars and at least elbow length sleeves
- long trousers or skirts; shorts at least knee length
- close weave fabric, which will restrict penetration of UV rays
- lightweight fabrics, such as linen, cotton or hemp, which will keep you cool.
Common sites of skin damage and skin cancer are the neck, ears, temples, lips, face and nose.
Always remember to use other sun protection measures, such as shade, sunscreen and sunglasses to protect your face, as hats will not block out all UV rays.
When choosing a hat, look for:
- A style that shades the face, neck and ears
- Closely woven weave material.
- Hats that do not obscure vision or pose a safety concern
- Good ventilation, especially if the hat is to be used while exercising.
NOTE: Baseball caps are not recommended
as they do not adequately shade the cheeks, ears or neck.
NOTE: You can get sunburnt on a cloudy day. 80-85% of solar ultraviolet radiation can pass through cloud. Haze in the atmosphere can even increase your ultraviolet radiation exposure