Marley launches Safe in the Sun 2019

Latest News Tue, Jul 23, 2019 9:43 AM

As the UK gets set for summer, roof systems manufacturer, Marley, is urging all outdoor construction workers to look after both their skin and eyes to reduce the damage caused by increased sun exposure.

Latest figures from IOSH identified 1,700 people in the UK are diagnosed with skin cancers each year as a direct result of occupational exposure to UV radiation. Meaning, outdoor workers, including roofers, are at a greater risk of skin damage from UV rays, including premature ageing and skin cancer.

However, while for many outdoor workers the dangers of increased sun exposure to the skin is well known, it’s not the only organ which is at risk, with eyes also susceptible to damage by UV rays. In fact, more than 99% of UV radiation is absorbed by the front of the eye, which, over long periods of time, can lead to visible ageing around the eye area, cataracts, skin cancer on the eye lids and even vision loss.

To promote sun safety across the construction industry, this year, Marley ‘s annual Safe in the Sun campaign is focus is on encouraging outdoor workers to protect both their skin and eyes from increased exposure to UV rays.

Emily Jane Dix, who is leading the campaign at Marley, said: “Our Safe in the Sun campaign has been running for more than 15 years, and over this time, we have seen roofing contractors take positive steps to help reduce the risk of sun damage on their skin.

“Yet, when it comes to your face, it isn’t only your skin that is at risk from sun damage. After the skin, the organ most susceptible to damage from sunlight is the eye. Which is why this year’s Safe in the Sun campaign will not only continue to build on previous years, but also include an increased focus on how to safely protect the eyes too.”

Gary Walpole, safety, health and environment officer at the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, says: “UV light is one of the many hazards that can damage your eyesight, so it is important to wear protection. A roofer, or other construction worker, wearing safety sunglasses will not only protect their eyes from harmful UV rays, they will also feel more comfortable when working in bright conditions as the glasses will reduce disruptive reflections (glass, light coloured roofing membranes etc). Safety sunglasses with UV 400 protection and the relevant British Standards kitemark or CE mark, can help vision be significantly safer and more pleasant in sunny and bright conditions.”

To help ensure outdoor workers are safe in the sun this summer, Marley has put together the following advice:

Sun safety on site

  1. Don’t leave exposed skin unprotected. Use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 25 and remember to reapply regularly throughout the day.
  2. To reduce the amount of suncream needed, consider using long sleeved, lightweight, UV-protective PPE.
  3. Wear a pair of safety sunglasses with UV protection. Look for a UV 400 rating and check they are certified in line with EN 166 (personal eye protection) and EN 172 (sun glare filters for industrial use).
  4. As safety sunglasses will only cover part of your face, to prevent skin cancer and ageing, make sure you also apply sunscreen to the rest of your face.
  5. Make sure you apply suncream, even when it is cloudy - up to 80% of dangerous UV rays can pass through a cloudy sky.

Get a free bottle of sun cream, while stocks last, by sending your name and email address to info@marley.co.uk. For more advice about staying safe in the sun, visit www.marley.co.uk

In association with Marley Ltd


Quick Links


Company Details

Lichfield Road
Branston
Burton Upon Trent
Staffordshire
DE14 3HD
United Kingdom
T: 01283 722588
View Website
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Google Plus
  • Instagram
  • Linkedin

Featured News

Specification news
Marley’s Acme Double Camber tile creates...

An award winning housing development in the historic village of Waddesdon, which has...

Read More >>

Specification news
Acme Double Camber tile used on prestigious project 

When an existing building is extended, a key element of the success of any...

Read More >>

BUILDING PRODUCT LIBRARY - LATEST BROCHURES

Universal Eaves Vent  Systems Brochure

Universal Eaves Vent...
By Marley Ltd

Download Now >>

Universal Dry Verge  System Brochure

Universal Dry Verge...
By Marley Ltd

Download Now >>

Roofing Top Training 2019 Brochure

Roofing Top Training...
By Marley Ltd

Download Now >>

Tile Vent Terminals  Brochure

Tile Vent Terminals
By Marley Ltd

Download Now >>

 ROOF SYSTEM  Brochure

ROOF SYSTEM
By Marley Ltd

Download Now >>

BUILDING PRODUCT DIRECTORY - LATEST PRODUCTS

Ventilated Dry Ridge System
Ventilated Dry Ridge System

Marley ventilated dry ridge system is designed to provide a totally dry fixed and weather tight...

Read More >>

GRP Dry Valley
GRP Dry Valley

Valleys are one of the most vulnerable parts of the roof. Marley Universal GRP dry valleys provide...

Read More >>

FlexFast Lead Replacement Roll
FlexFast Lead Replacement Roll

Flexfast is a high performance four layer aluminium flashing roll, with excellent adhesion,...

Read More >>

CONSTRUCTION VIDEOS - LATEST VIDEOS

Henley on Thames -  Case Study
Henley on Thames - Case Study

The most recent colour addition to our popular Acme Double Camber clay plain tile range provided the...

Watch Now >>

Edgemere - Case Study
Edgemere - Case Study

Discover the possibilities with our Edgemere concrete interlocking slates, the cost-effective...

Watch Now >>

Uni eaves vent 10mm
Uni eaves vent 10mm

Marley Universal 10mm Eaves Ventilation System PLUS is designed to provide continuous 10mm free vent...

Watch Now >>