Greater Manchester homebuilder’s site teams stay sun-savvy and skin-safe

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For Skin Cancer Awareness Month, Barratt Homes has ensured its site teams in Greater Manchester are set for skin protection with a new initiative.

The leading housebuilder has distributed sun strength gauge cards to its site teams at Waldmers Wood in Bury and Amberswood Rise in Wigan, which enables them to know when they’re at greater risk of UV exposure.

Perfectly sized to fit in a wallet, the cards are simply exposed to sunlight until the colour strip changes in response to the intensity of the UV rays. Rating of the intensity is revealed on the card as low, moderate, high or critical, so the workers onsite know when their skin is at greater risk and, in turn, when they should be taking extra care.

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Barratt Homes’ initiative was sparked by Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which raises awareness of the signs of skin cancer, and what people can do to prevent it.

Barratt Homes Assistant Site Manager, Tom RowanBarratt Homes Assistant Site Manager, Tom Rowan
Barratt Homes Assistant Site Manager, Tom Rowan

Rhys Nicholson, Managing Director at Barratt Homes Manchester, said: “Our site teams work in all weathers and, in the UK’s unpredictable climate, we want to ensure they’re well protected when there’s a greater risk to exposure to the sun.

“It’s important we make certain that our site teams are sun-savvy and protecting their skin as much as possible, and we hope these cards will help everyone stay proactive when it comes to their health and safety onsite.”

Whilst UV exposure is typically associated with the sun and hotter weather, it’s vital to note that skin needs protection during cloudier days, whether it be an extra layer of clothing or sun cream.

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As reported by Cancer Research UK, skin-damaging UV rays can pass through clouds and, unrelated to heat, the rays are strongest when the sun is highest in the sky, which in the UK summer is between 11am and 3pm.

Barratt Homes helping to keep its site teams sun-savvy and skin-safeBarratt Homes helping to keep its site teams sun-savvy and skin-safe
Barratt Homes helping to keep its site teams sun-savvy and skin-safe

The sun can be strong enough to cause sunburn right up until mid-October, and as early as March, so ‘the shadow rule’ is a good indicator for when extra protection is needed. People are encouraged to look at their shadow and if it’s shorter than your height, the sun is high in the sky, which ultimately means the UV rays are strong.

To learn more about Skin Cancer Awareness Month and the most frequently asked questions, visit the website at Macmillan Cancer Support.

For details about any developments in the area, visit the website at Barratt Homes in Greater Manchester.