Workwear For Working Comfortably Outside

What to Wear Working Outdoors

Summer’s finally here and chances are that you’re looking forward to those bright, sunny days. However, keeping safe while working in the sun might be in your best interest and one of the ways you can stay safe is by wearing protective outfits. There are a lot of clothes that are designed for staying cool while working outdoors and many of them are just as comfortable as any regular piece of clothing you might wear on a daily basis.

If you work outdoors regularly, sun exposure is no joke. According to the CDC, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year, and 90% of the time, the culprit is the sun’s UV rays.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and worldwide. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. More than 2 people die of skin cancer in the U.S. every hour. Having 5 or more sunburns over your lifetime also doubles your risk for melanoma.

Making things worse, skin cancer is one of the types of cancer that spreads to the nerves. This can cause tremendous amounts of pain you can experience. 

Helpful Tips For Avoiding The Sun

While OSHA recommends wearing sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, it’s not your only defense against UV rays. In fact, most people don’t wear sunscreen under their shirts– and if you’re wearing a T-shirt, UV rays may actually still be getting through to your skin.

More and more work-wear options are becoming available that offer UV protection right there, built-in to the fabric itself. These are often listed as the article’s UPF (Ultraviolet Protective Factor). If something is UPF rated, it means that that fabric offers more comprehensive protection than sunscreen can. Like sunscreen, which is rated at SPF, the higher the UPF rating, the better protection you’re getting.

Because these garments are meant to be worn out in the sun, they are lightweight and often breathable – so they have the added benefit of keeping you cooler than cotton would. UPF was first developed in 1996 in Australia, where skin cancer rates are the highest in the world.


Sunglasses might not be on your top list of things to wear when working outside, but they offer a pretty significant form of protection. Eye strain from working in the sun is a real problem and can cause some major problems for you if left unchecked.

Too much sun can damage the eyes. As with skin damage, it is the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun which causes problems. Damage to the eyes from UV radiation is cumulative, meaning it builds up over your lifetime and can have a permanent effect on our eyes and eyesight. You should take every precaution to prevent your eyesight from deteriorating from excessive UV exposure. 

Wearing a good quality pair of sunglasses with UV protection can help take some of the strain out of working outside. Wear them all the time you’re out in the sun to protect your eyes from sun damage.

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