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Solar Protective Clothing: Do You Know What to Wear?

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LHSFNA Management Co-Chairman Noel C. Borck

Whether you’re involved in outdoor construction work or simply enjoy being outside, this is the time of year when you’re frequently out in the sun,” says LHSFNA Management Co-Chairman Noel C. Borck. “While the Fund’s Sun Sense campaign emphasizes the need to use sunscreen, wearing solar protective clothing is just as important.”


At an outdoor construction site, attach a neck flap to a hardhat to cover the back of the neck and a visor for the front of the face. Off the clock, wear a hat with a wide brim extending at least three inches all the way around to shade not just the face and scalp but the neck, shoulders, and upper back.


At work and during leisure time, wear clothing that covers as much of the body as possible and take cloth and color into consideration. Synthetic and semi-synthetic fibers (such as polyester and rayon) offer the greatest sun protection by not letting light through. Fabrics in dark, bright colors like red and black work best. Make sure clothing is loose and comfortable.


Whether at work or at play, when outdoors, wear sunglasses that cover the eyes, eyelids, and as much of the surrounding area as possible. They should come with a tag verifying that they block 99-100 percent of all UV radiation.

[Janet Lubman Rathner]

Sun Protection Products from the LHSFNA

Lip balm, neck flaps and towelettes are available to LIUNA training centers and local unions through the LHSFNA’s Sun Sense Program. Order these and assorted educational materials by clicking here on the Sun Sense Order Form .

For other sun protection products including sunglasses, sunscreen and clothing, take advantage of a 30 percent discount to LIUNA members who shop online at Solar Protective Factory, Inc. Go to and enter discount code LHSF30 at checkout to receive the discount which is effective through December 31, 2012.

For specific information about the proper application of sunscreen, see Do You Know How to Apply Sunscreen?

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