Suitable clothing and hats

Work clothing needs to be made of lightweight, closely woven material with a UPF 50+ rating.

Clothing

When working in the sun, work clothing needs to be made of lightweight, closely woven material with a UPF 50+ rating.  You should wear long pants and work shirts with a collar and long sleeves 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’s also very important that the clothing design doesn’t create a secondary hazard – eg loose clothing can be caught in machinery.

Hats

The most important thing is for the hat to shade your face, ears and neck from the sun.

Recommended hats are:

  • broad brimmed styled hats (minimum 7.5cm brim)
  • bucket style hats with a deep crown, angled brim (minimum 6cm width) and sit low on the head
  • caps / legionnaire style hats with a flap that covers the neck and joins to the sides of the front peak.

If wearing a hard hat or helmet, make sure you have a brim attachment or a legionnaire cover.

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