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Guest Blog by Tawnya Brown, Director of Operations Maine at Concentra Urgent Care. Concentra is a national health care company focused on improving the health of America’s workforce, one patient at a time. Through its affiliated clinicians, the company provides occupational medicine, urgent care, physical therapy, and wellness services from more than 300 medical centers in 40 states, including Maine, where it operates facilities in Portland, Lewiston, Norway, and Augusta.

Blistering heat and scorching sun aren’t fun for anyone, but there are real dangers involved for employees who work outdoors and are exposed to these conditions for hours every day.

Employers should be aware of the risks their employees face when working in hot summer weather, and should take steps to keep them safe.

The risk of outdoor workers developing skin cancer or other sun-related illnesses may seem remote in comparison to other dangers posed by their everyday job duties. However, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to do all they can to reduce the risk of harm to their employees, including harm from sun exposure. In some states, employees who get skin cancer as a result of sun exposure on the job can even be entitled to workers’ compensation from their employer.

As an employer, you should know the dangers:

  • Skin cancer
  • Eye problems
  • Weakened immune system

And you should know what you can do for employees:

  • Switch up the schedule.
  • Schedule regular breaks
  • Be aware of the environment.
  • Plan for conditions.
  • Educate your employees.

Read the full article, “Make these 5 changes at your work site to keep employees sun-safe,” at Concentra’s website.