Sunburn Treatment and Management among workers

Sunburns has been a serious issue among construction workers due to excessive exposure to direct ultraviolet rays. Too much ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or sunbeds has been found to cause skin cancer. Hence Sunburn Treatment should be carried out immediately to avoid worsening of the situation.

Sunburn is a clear sign that the DNA in your skin cells has been damaged by too much UV radiation. Getting sunburn, just once every 2 years, can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer.

The skin reddening caused by overexposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation — may seem like just a temporary irritation, but sunburns can cause long-lasting damage to the skin.

People with skin types that burn easily and do not tan are at highest risk for skin cancers.

In this year (2017) sun awareness week, IOSH has raised awareness to prevent cancer caused by solar radiation exposure at work using free materials from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s award-nominated No Time to Lose campaign.

“Kate Field, Head of Information and Intelligence at IOSH, said: “We urge businesses to develop ‘sun safety strategies’ that include regular updates on the UV index from weather forecasts, minimising sun exposure in the middle of the day and asking employees to wear long-sleeved, loose-fitting tops and trousers. Using high-factor sunscreen is helpful but should not be relied on as the only barrier to the harmful rays”.

Read the full article:  Safety and health professionals can tackle workers’ sun risks

Skin care foundation has given some measures for sunburn treatment thus:

Sunburn Treatment measures

  1. Act Fast to Cool It Down: Use every available measure to cool your skin.
  2. Moisturize While Skin Is Damp: While skin is still damp, use a gentle moisturizing lotion (but not petroleum or oil-based ointments, which may trap the heat and make the burn worse). Repeat to keep burned or peeling skin moist over the next few days.
  1. Decrease the Inflammation: A medical professional recommended  taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin. These drugs are believed to help with discomfort and inflammation.
  1. Replenish Your Fluids and electrolyte: Sunburns draw fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body and makes you dehydrated. It’s important to rehydrate by taking extra liquids, including water and sports drinks that help to replenish electrolytes, immediately and while your skin heals.
  1. Seek medical attention: Seek prompt medical help  if you or a child has severe blistering over a large portion of the body, has a fever and chills, or is woozy or confused.

See details here (5 ways to prevent sunburns)

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