What clothing should be worn when working in the sun?

When working in the sun, clothing made of lightweight, closely woven material with a UPF 50+ rating should be worn.

The clothing should be long pants and work shirts with a collar and long sleeves should be worn to cover as much skin as possible.

The clothing needs to balance three important workplace needs:

  • sun protection
  • staying cool in hot conditions, and
  • safety.

It is also very important that the clothing design does not create a secondary hazard – eg loose clothing can be caught in machinery.

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