Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

May 22, 2013


Sunscreen – does Oregon OSHA require workers to use it?


Even in Oregon, summertime means more sunlight and most folks know that exposure to too much sun is not healthful. The sun's ultraviolet rays – UVA and UVB – can cause premature skin aging, cataracts, corneal burns, and various types of skin cancer. Anyone who spends time in the sun should use sunscreen, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when 60 percent of the day's sunburning radiation occurs. However, Oregon OSHA does not require workers to use it; nor does Oregon OSHA require employers to pay for sunscreen or other items that workers use solely for protection from the sun, such as hats and sunglasses.


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