STAY SAFE THIS SUMMER
With solar panels continually harvesting
the power of the sun, it is also important
for roofi ng contractors to take preventative
precautions when working outside during
the summer months.
in spring, and increased safety measures
due to COVID19,
roofi ng and construction
workers must continue to be aware of the
lasting damage caused by increased sun
Of course, safety measures onsite
have increased due to COVID19,
distancing and regular hand washing for at
least 20 seconds are a must, but as many
contractors are working outside during the
summer, it’s also vital not to neglect sun
According to the Institution of
Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)*,
malignant melanomas found to be caused
by workplace settings kill 50 people each
year, and around 40% of malignant
melanomas cases involve construction
workers. This means many outdoor workers,
including roofi ng contractors, are at a higher
risk of longterm
skin damage from UV rays,
including premature ageing and even the
development of skin cancer.
While for many outdoor workers the
dangers of increased sun exposure to the
skin is already well known, eyes are also
highly susceptible to damage by UV rays.
In fact, more than 99% of UV radiation is
absorbed by the front of the eye, which,
over long periods of time, can lead to visible
ageing around the eye area, cataracts, skin
cancer on the eye lids and even vision loss.
For more than a decade, Marley’s Safe
in the Sun initiative has helped to raise
awareness of the importance of sun safety
for contractors. It is a signifi cant industry
issue, and as a roof systems manufacturer,
Marley believes it should support its
customers, many of whom work for long
periods outside in the sun, by providing
simple and straightforward advice.
To help ensure outdoor workers remain safe
this summer, here are fi ve top tips:
1. Don’t leave exposed skin unprotected. Use
sunscreen with an SPF of at least 25 and
remember to reapply regularly throughout
2. Make sure you apply sun cream, even
when it is cloudy
up to 80% of dangerous
UV rays can pass through a cloudy sky.
3. To reduce the amount of sun cream
needed, consider using long sleeved,
4. Wear safety sunglasses with UV
protection. Look for a UV 400 rating and
check they are certifi ed in line with EN 166
(personal eye protection) and EN 172 (sun
glare fi lters for industrial use).
5. As safety sunglasses will only cover part
of your face, to prevent skin cancer
and ageing, make sure you also apply
sunscreen to the rest of your face.
By taking these preventative measures,
roofers can keep safe while working in the
sunny outdoors and drastically lessen the
chances of health damage to skin and eyes.
Contractors can fi nd more tips and advice
about staying safe in the sun this summer by
guarantee when Marley SolarTile is
installed as part of its complete roof
The range also provides exceptional
wind resistance performance, making it
suitable for installation in all locations,
and the outstanding resistance against
wind uplift delivers industry leading
performance, with the highest rated
wind loading of any roof integrated PV
system on the market.
In addition, Marley SolarTile is
the only roof-integrated solar system
accredited with the highest resistance to
spread of fl ame and fi re penetration in
all European fi re safety tests, achieving
BRoof T1, T2, T3 and T4.
Stuart Nicholson at Marley, said:
“According to the Energy Savings Trust,
a typical home could save between
1.3 and 1.6 tonnes of carbon per year,
a saving of up to £260 on the annual
electricity bill, by installing solar panels.
“And, with more than 200 leading
UK businesses recently signing an
open letter to government calling for
an environmental improvement agenda
post COVID-19, demand for reliable
and high performing alternative solar
panel solutions is expected to increase,
providing a new potential revenue
stream for contractors.
“Backed by a 15-year system
guarantee when fi tted as part of a
Marley full roof system, the Marley
SolarTile range achieves exceptional
fi re performance, wind resistance and
weather tightness, and is the perfect
answer for any potential solar
To learn more about the Marley
SolarTile system and how it could
offer another revenue stream for your
business, visit the website listed below.
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