UV health and safety

There is often a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding around UV safety in the workplace, with mixed messages around the hazards that can arise from exposure to UV radiation. During our time in the industry, and as the market for UV has grown, we have unfortunately seen a rise in the number of avoidable accidents and ill health from UV light exposure in the workplace.

These incidents are mainly though;

  • inadequate information provided with equipment by manufacturers and suppliers;
  • a lack of UV knowledge from organisations implementing UV light processes

Very few UV light processes are identical, with variations in the type of equipment being used, distances and personal exposure times. Therefore, it is absolutely essential that proper care and attention is taken to ensure;

  • Individuals are protected from health risks associated with UV exposure and that they should not be at an increased risk when going to work.
  • Organisations are compliant with their legal obligations and avoid potential compensation claims that may occur from lack of due diligence and compliance.

Our mission is to increase awareness, reduce the risk of over exposure and reassure you that UV can be used safety – providing peace of mind you have performance and safety covered.

UV safety products

PPE, shielding, guarding, and warning signs to reduce or eliminate personal exposure at work.

UV exposure assessment

Onsite UV measurement and assessment to help assess compliance with statutory exposure limits.

UV light safety training

Our training courses help companies protect workers and ensure compliance with their legal obligations.

Safety first with UV light

When it comes to workplace safety, The Control of Artificial Optical Radiation at Work Regulations 2010 are in place to protect employees from the potential harmful effects to the eyes and skin, and employers from potential claims that may arise from lack of protection, information, and training.

There are three main considerations when it comes to UV safety:

Reduce personal exposure levels to as low as reasonably practicable

In order to prevent personal exposure that could result in adverse health effects, control measures should be implemented to reduce the risk as low as reasonably practicable. This could include a number of control measures, including:

Administrative and organisational controls

  • Hazard warning signs, labels and stickers;
  • Restricted areas or limited access;
  • Dedicated areas or rooms for UV process;
  • Layout of work spaces.

Engineering and technical controls

  • Shielding and guarding; screens or curtains;
  • Timers, sensors, and interlocks;
  • Emergency stops.

Personal protective equipment

  • Eye and face protection; UV blocking spectacles and face shields;
  • Hair protection; caps, hats, etc;
  • Skin protection; gloves, long sleeves, etc.

Measure and assess any remaining personal UV light exposure and compare to ELVs

Should there still be any exposure to UV light following the implementation of control measures, then the exposure levels will need to be measured and assessed to determine whether or not the exposure limits are being exceeded.

To assist companies with this we offer an onsite UV measurement and assessment survey, which provides the exposure data required to assess the risk based on the UV light equipment used, proximity of employees, and duration of work.

Provide specific information and training to employees

The regulations state that employees should be provided with specific information and training regarding the specific UV light process. Regardless of whether or not exposure occurs through normal use, it’s essential that operators, maintenance engineers and those working nearby are aware of the potential risks that could occur through improper use, damaged or faulty equipment or shielding, etc.

If you need help, please call 0121 423 2000 and a member of our team will be happy to provide some advice and guidance on your particular UV process or application.

UV Safety in the Workplace webinar

This interactive webinar runs through the key considerations for assessment and control of UV light exposure at work in accordance with statutory regulations.

By the end of it you should know what actions need to be taken by your organisation to ensure safe use and compliance with your legal obligations.