Health & Safety

Control Measures To Reduce The Effects Of The Sun On Workers

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Identify FOUR health effects of working outside in extreme heat created by the sun.

Outline control measures that could be used to reduce the effects of the sun on construction workers

Part (a)

  • Working out of doors in extreme heat caused by the sun may result in health effects such as:
  • Burns,
  • Damage to the eyes
  • Skin cancer,



  • Dehydration
  • Heat exhaustion,
  • Heat stroke,
  • Sweat rash,
  • Prickly heat,
  • Headaches
  • Fainting,
  • Fatigue and
  • Stress.



Part (b),

The control measures that could be used to reduce the effects of the sun on workers include:

  • Limiting the duration of exposure by job rotation ensuring periods of work are alternated with periods of rest;
  • Avoiding work when temperatures are at their highest;



  • Ensuring an adequate supply of drinking water;
  • The use of appropriate clothing for working in high temperatures
  • Persuading workers to adopt a policy of keeping their bodies covered;
  • Encouraging workers to maintain their salt levels;
  • Working under canopies where this is possible;
  • Wearing hats and eye protection and
  • Applying sun protection cream.



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