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What UV Is What You Get

Protecting Yourself from the Sun

Too much of the sun's UV rays damages skin, causes eye problems and even weakens your immune system. When enjoying the great outdoors, take the time to protect yourself from the sun.


  • Wear sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher
  • Apply sunscreen liberally (minimum of 1 oz.) approximately 30 minutes before sun exposure and reapply it at least every two hours throughout the day
  • Apply sunscreen approximately 30 minutes prior to applying any insect repellent
  • Best applied prior to sweating


  • Use wide-brimmed hats to protect your eyes, head, and neck when authorized
  • Wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing to cover your arms, legs, and torso when authorized
  • Clothes made from tightly woven fabric provide the best protection


  • Work and rest in the shade when possible, constructing shaded areas if necessary
  • Short shadow = seek shade! The sun’s rays are strongest between 1000 and 1600 hours
  • This doesn’t mean that there is no risk outside of these time periods - sun risk can still be present in the early morning and later afternoon hours


  • Wear sunglasses that block 99-100 % of harmful UVA and UVB rays
  • Use wraparound design eyewear if possible to protect against sun rays that come from the front and the side

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Last Modified: May 22, 2024
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