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zxc Vol 3 Issue #7 July, 2011

The SunWise Program is an environmental and health education program that aims to teach children and their caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun through the use of classroom-, school-, and community-based components. In 2007 Cobb County first participated in SunWise Summer and in 2008 officially became a SunWise Community which you can read about here. Even though the program is geared toward children and caregivers, it wouldn't hurt for people of all ages to be SunWise.




Protecting Yourself from Sun Exposure

Protection from sun exposure is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach. Ultraviolet (UV) rays can reach you on cloudy and hazy days, as well as bright and sunny days. UV rays also reflect off of surfaces like water, cement, sand, and snow.
The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daylight savings time (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. standard time) are the most hazardous for UV exposure in the continental United States. UV rays are the greatest during the late spring and early summer in North America.
CDC recommends easy options for sun protection1—

  1. Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
  2. Wear clothing to protect exposed skin.
  3. Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
  4. Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
  5. Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.



EHS - General

Tel: 770-499-3321
Fax: 770-420-4363

Campus Emergency

Dial - 6666


Executive Director

Mr. Gerald Donaldson, REM

Chemical Safety Manager

Ms. Vanessa Biggers

Environmental Manager

Mr. Stephen Ndiritu, MS

Operations Coordinator


Administrative Associate

Ms. Natalie Higgins, BS

Student Assistant

Ms. Leslie Davis

Student Assistant

Miss Brittany Rhoades

Work Study

Mr. David Harrell



Gearing up for the “Summer Heat”

With temperatures in the high 90s, precautions should be taken to avoid the risk of heat exhaustion. However, knowing the signs that indicate possible problems will help.

If you’ve been out in the heat and you’ve been sweating a lot and you quit sweating, that’s a cause for concern. If you’re feeling kind of light headed and your heart’s racing, you need to get cooled off. You’re getting too hot and dehydrated.

Local hospitals routinely see several heat-related illnesses during the months of July and August. Of those cases, the most common situation is people who work outdoors in the heat of the day, which usually means between noon and 4 p.m.
To protect your health when temperatures are extremely high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. The following tips are important:

  • Drink Plenty of Fluids
  • Replace Salts and Mineralsheat
  • Wear Appropriate Clothing and Sunscreen
  • Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully
  • Use Common Sense

Enjoy the rest of the summer while being safe. For more information on precautions, visit .

See you around campus!

Gerald C. Donaldson, REM
Executive Director-EHS


UV Safety Month

The American Academy of Ophthalmology would like to remind everyone that July is UV Safety Month. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the main cause of skin cancer and can be very damaging to your eyes. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. UV damage can also cause wrinkles and blotchy skin. heatAnyone can get skin cancer, but the risk is greatest for people with:

• White or light-colored skin with freckles
• Blond or red hair
• Blue or green eyes

You can take these steps to help prevent skin cancer:
• Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
• Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
• Cover up with long sleeves and a hat.
•Check your skin regularly for any changes.

These are just some of the reasons why EHS is proud to participate in UV Safety Month and help raise awareness of the risks of sun damage. During the month of July, join us in taking action to prevent skin cancer and reduce the risk of UV damage.
You are your best protection against the sun. By taking precautions today you can protect your skin by:

• Staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
• Useing sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.
• Covering up with long sleeves and a hat.
• Checking your skin regularly for changes.

For more information, visit or contact EHS via email or at 770-499-3321.



More Ways to Protect Against the Sun


You can reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer by seeking shade under an umbrella, tree, or other shelter before you need relief from the sun. Your best bet to protect your skin is to use sunscreen or wear protective clothing when you're outside—even when you're in the shade.


Loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and long pants made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection from the sun's UV rays. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one. Darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors.
If wearing this type of clothing isn't practical, at least try to wear a T-shirt or a beach cover-up. Keep in mind that a typical T-shirt has an SPF rating lower than 15, so use other types of protection as well.
Photo of a man and woman wearing hats and sunglasses


For the most protection, wear a hat with a brim all the way around that shades your face, ears, and the back of your neck. A tightly woven fabric, such as canvas, works best to protect your skin from UV rays. Avoid straw hats with holes that let sunlight through. A darker hat may offer more UV protection.
If you wear a baseball cap, you should also protect your ears and the back of your neck by wearing clothing that covers those areas, using sunscreen with at least SPF 15, or by staying in the shade.


Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts. They also protect the tender skin around your eyes from sun exposure.
Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection. Most sunglasses sold in the United States, regardless of cost, meet this standard. Wrap-around sunglasses work best because they block UV rays from sneaking in from the side.


The sun's UV rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. Put on sunscreen before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days. Don't forget to put a thick layer on all parts of exposed skin. Get help for hard-to-reach places like your back.

How sunscreen works.

Most sun protection products work by absorbing, reflecting, or scattering sunlight. They contain chemicals that interact with the skin to protect it from UV rays. All products do not have the same ingredients; if your skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or call a doctor.

  1. SPF. Sunscreens are assigned a sun protection factor (SPF) number that rates their effectiveness in blocking UV rays. Higher numbers indicate more protection. You should use a sunscreen with at least SPF 15.
  2. Reapplication. Sunscreen wears off. Put it on again if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours, and after you swim or do things that make you sweat.
  3. Expiration date. Check the sunscreen's expiration date. Sunscreen without an expiration date has a shelf life of no more than three years, but its shelf life is shorter if it has been exposed to high temperatures.
  4. Cosmetics. Some make-up and lip balms contain some of the same chemicals used in sunscreens. If they do not have at least SPF 15, don't use them by themselves.


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