Understanding and Mitigating the Risks of Sun Exposure on a Shade Dome

Sun exposure is an ever-present danger in Australia, and that goes double for remote areas where little shelter exists. On the other hand, for that shelter to exist in the first place, someone needs to build it. That’s why a temporary shade dome is essential, as it gives workers a place of protection from the sweltering Australian heat. But what exactly are they being protected from?

Skin Problems

Government health authorities state that overexposure to sunlight can eventually cause skin cancer. Over long periods of time, this is true. Workers should then be given the chance to reduce their risk of such a life-threatening ailment.

Apart from skin cancer, sunlight can result in sunburn, rashes, and damage to the eyes, in rough order of likelihood. Sunburn is notable in that, like heat exhaustion and other common conditions caused by sunlight, it sets in quickly and reduces productivity just as quickly. A sunburnt worker will have trouble carrying objects or using tools, and may need to take longer breaks to avoid worse problems.

Damages to Equipment

This risk is small for those working in offices who just happen to leave paper items near their windows, but it’s enormous for the heavy metal machines and communications equipment that industrial workers use. A shelter that meets world standards for protection from both sunlight and dust is necessary to avoid costly damages.

Protection from Harmful Sunlight

Simply put, sun exposure is a risk to both people and the tools they use. Dust and dryness often accompany sun exposure in industrial work, and these factors pose a problem as well. A properly built shade dome can protect workers, and a container dome can protect equipment, from both of these problems at once.

Do note that while different domes are built for different purposes: for instance, smaller operations may only need one shade dome or container dome to adequately protect both employees and equipment. Even small operations can reap potentially enormous savings in productivity regained and damages prevented by acquiring a well-made dome.

Sun exposure is something that everyone in Australia is aware of, but the risks are highest for industrial employees working far from major towns and cities. Understanding the risks of sun exposure can help you or your employer better meet the needs of those working on extremely hot days.

The risks and benefits of sun exposure 2016, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
Excessive sun exposure, aihw.gov.au