For many, the warm weather signifies vacations, lounging by the pool, and spending more time outdoors. For us, the warm weather means the start of our busiest season!
Our crews are outside from sunrise to sunset, sometimes working long hours in the hot sun. All that time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of sunburn, and even skin cancer. Protecting our staff from harmful UV rays is an important component of our safety program. Understanding the difference between a good sunscreen and a poor one is just another way we are being proactive to prevent injury, rather than reactive as a result of an injury from the sun.
To ensure the protection of our staff, our trucks are fully stocked with water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30. This means that the product will stop 95-97% of UVB rays and allow for spending 30 times longer in the sun before skin burns.
While no sunscreen is completely waterproof, sunscreens labeled sweat- or water-resistant do last longer, a sunscreen without water resistance will stop protecting you as soon as it becomes wet.
We also promote the message that sun protection needs to happen even on cloudy days. Even if it’s cloudy or overcast, ultraviolet rays are still attacking your skin. Frankly, we encourage wearing sunscreen all the time when outdoors.
Sun safety is a seasonal process for us at High Speed Crow. As the seasons change so do our first aid kits and supplies. We remove the hot packs and ice scrapers from the winter and replace them with sunscreen, bug spray, and bottled water. We also take that time to check the fire extinguishers and first aid kits!