The LHSFNA's Sun Sense Plus 2016 Program
Spending much of their time outdoors puts Laborers at risk for overexposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, which are proven to cause premature skin aging and skin cancer. Wearing sunscreen along with sunglasses, hats and other protective clothing can help prevent overexposure, but the key is making these practices daily habits that all workers practice year round.
For over 15 years, the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America has been raising awareness about the dangers of skin cancer through its Sun Sense program. Along with distributing sunscreen, lip balm and neck flaps to Laborers across the United States and Canada, the Fund has also created posters, Health Alerts and other educational materials to make sure members know how to avoid skin cancer and detect it early.
In 2015, the LHSFNA expanded this program, now known as Sun Sense Plus, to include the awareness and prevention of heat stress. Heat stress occurs when high temperatures or workloads don't allow the body to cool off fast enough. It can lead to dehydration, muscle cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be fatal. Heat stress can be prevented by allowing workers to acclimatize to the heat and by providing them with water, rest and shade. Cooling cloths and heat stress educational materials have been made available to help raise awareness with both LIUNA members and signatory contractors.
Sun Sense Plus 2016 program products and publications are available free of charge to LIUNA Locals, signatory contractors and members, but please keep in mind that some products are only available in limited quantities and may not be available all year. Sun Sense Plus 2016 program products can be ordered using the order form below or by calling the Fund's Health Promotion Division at 202-628-5465.
All of the Fund’s publications on skin cancer and heat stress are available through our online Publications Catalogue – most of them in both English and Spanish.