Submitted by Steve Winicker
LAST WEEKENDS SHOP ACTIVITY
Most folks took the weekend off. Matthew and I worked on some shop and grounds organization Saturday, otherwise mowing, and giving tours were the chief activities. Tuesday saw some work on the Diner with many new features working but lots still needing work.
I am working on ordering supplies for the upcoming season. As they arrive, we will be storing and loading them up. May get some sand for the sand dome this week but that depends on its delivery. If so, we will get it loaded in the sand dome.
We need sunshine. It helps with our body’s production of Vitamin D and has been tied to issues of depression in some people who don’t get enough. However, overexposure to the sun can lead to a variety of health risks. You may be surprised about some of the specific dangers of sun exposure.
Sunshine is composed of two main types of ultraviolet (UV) light namely UVA and UVB. UVB is what gives you your sunburn and is responsible for some types of skin cancers. UVA rays are the ones that can make the skin leathery and wrinkly in appearance and these also can contribute to certain skin cancers. (An easy way to remember: “A” is for aging and “B” is for burning). Both types are harmful to you in different ways.
UV light can be harmful to the skin as many of us know who have been badly sunburned. The use of quality broad spectrum sunscreen lotion will afford significant protection for exposed skin from UVA and UVB radiation.
UV is very bad for our eyes. Eye structures such as the cornea, retina, and lens are damaged from UV radiation, so protecting your eyes is vital. Quality sunglasses usually afford protection from UVA and UVB radiation. Check the information on the sunglasses to assure they protect against both types of UV radiation.
Glasses do not have to be dark to afford protection against UV radiation. Conversely just because glasses are dark don’t assume they afford UV protection. Clear safety glasses usually are formulated to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Bottom line is the check the information on the glasses to assure UV protection is provided. All safety glasses supplied by the Society provide broad spectrum UV protection.
Remember that UV protection is needed year round not just in summer. Clothing provides skin protection during the cooler weather months but eye protection is necessary year round.
SAFETY IS JOB 1
SAFETY FIRST ALWAYS