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Keeping Your Outdoor Workers Protected this Summer

Paul Jakeway
June 04, 2019

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Health and safety for industrial workers covers a range of skin protection issues, namely focusing on skin disorders such as dermatitis. But when it comes to those who work outdoors, UV protection is one of the most vital aspects of protecting your employees.

 

Last summer was one of the hottest on record, but our recent survey showed that only 1 in 4 outdoor workers wore protective sun cream. It’s likely that many of those who work outdoors have experienced a painful sun burn as a result – but this occurrence just once every two years can triple the risk of malignant melanoma[1].

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Outdoor workers have a higher than average risk of developing skin cancer, with 1700 people diagnosed with skin cancer in Britain every year as a result of occupational sun exposure. Around 60 of these diagnosed cases are fatal[2] and a huge 44% of occupational melanoma deaths can be attributed to construction workers.[3]

 

With the summer months seeing UV levels at their highest, raising awareness and preparing your workforce now is essential, and UV protection should be seen as a vital part of your employee’s PPE. Our free resources are available to download here and are effective tools when it comes to raising awareness and encouraging best practice.

 

Employees should adapt the 5 S approach to sun safety:

  1. SLIP on sun protective clothing – Encourage workers to keep covered up. Clothing can be one of the most effective barriers.
  2. SLOP on sun cream – Apply a broad spectrum, high SPF sun cream 20 minutes before initial exposure and re-apply every 2 hours or more frequently if sweating heavily.
  3. SLAP on a hat and neck protection – Where possible choose a hat with ear and neck protection.
  4. SLIDE on some sunglasses – Slide on a pair of high-quality wrap-around sunglasses to protect the eyes.
  5. SHADE from sun where possible – Encourage workers to take breaks or work in a shaded area wherever possible, especially from 11am-3pm.

Our product range makes UV protection quick and easy for a safer working environment, with dispensers that can be installed both at the workpoint and in a vehicle allowing employers to provide effective protection to their employees on the move. The smaller sun cream tubes at 30ml or 100ml are ideal for mobile workers too.

 

Finally, as a permanent addition, the Stoko Sun Safety Centre helps encourage best practice in the workplace. The kit is pre-assembled with a 1 litre dispenser, a holder and cards to display the local UV level - an easy, practical way to raise awareness and protect your employees.

 

Find out more information here, or request a free consultation with our skin care experts.

 

  

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[1] https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/sun-uv-and-cancer/how-does-the-sun-and-uv-cause-cancer

[2] https://www.notimetolose.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/POL2725-Solar-Posters-WEB.pdf

[3] https://www.bc-legal.co.uk/bcdn/602-238-occupational-uv-radiation-claims-2018-update

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