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Safety Nugget Week of July 16 - UV Radiation Safety< Back to Blog

Jul 16, 2018
By: K. Vennavelli
Categories: Safety

UV RADIATION SAFETY

July is UV Safety Month, so here is an infographic with some sun safety tips!

What are UV Rays?

Ultraviolet Radiation is simply one form of energy coming from the sun. UV rays are invisible rays that can damage the skin and cause melanoma and other types of skin cancer.

What are the different types of UV Rays?

There are two main types of UV light, UVA and UVB. UVB is what gives you your sunburn and is responsible for some types of skin cancers. UVA rays are the ones that can make the skin leathery and wrinkly in appearance and these also can contribute to certain skin cancers. (An easy way to remember: "A" is for aging and "B" is for burning). Both types are harmful to you in different ways

Sun Safety Tips

  • Remember that UV rays bounce off of water, snow, sand, and concrete
  • Reapply sunscreen hourly, or after sweating
  • Provide complete sunscreen coverage for your skin (include neck, ears, & lips)
  • Stay in the shade whenever possible
  • For those with thin or thinning hair, apply sunscreen to the scalp as well

UV light can be harmful to the skin as many of us know who have been badly sunburned. However, it can also be very bad for our eyes. Eye structures such as the cornea, retina, and lens are damaged from UV radiation, so protecting your eyes is vital.

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