Stay safe in the sun

Did you know that if Health & Safety Managers invest in an effective high-factor sunscreen solution and a comprehensive employee training and education programme, then 90% of all skin cancer deaths could be prevented?

Most people apply less than half of the amount of sunscreen required to provide the necessary level of protection. Two thirds of construction workers are outside for seven hours per day, so it is critical that they are sufficiently protected.

The risk of skin cancer for those who work outside is high. According to a recent study by Imperial College London, working outdoors could lead to one death and around five new cases of melanoma skin cancer a week. The study highlighted that construction workers recorded the highest number of deaths (44%), followed by agricultural workers (23%) and public administration and defence workers, including the police and armed forces (10%).

Applying effective products at the right time is crucial to minimising the risk of outdoor workers being diagnosed with skin cancer. Currently, only 59% of all construction employees working outside regularly apply sunscreen. Deb is stressing how crucial it is for all Health & Safety Managers to be aware of which solutions to choose.

For industrial workplaces, it is recommended that either Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or 50 is used. Sunscreens with a lower SPF such as SPF15 can only filter out 93% of incoming UVB rays, whereas SPF30 and SPF50 sunscreens are able to filter out 97% and 98% respectively. Deb’s new Stokoderm Sun Protect 50 PURE is able to reduce UVB absorption into the skin by up to 50% compared with its SPF30.

Deb’s ‘broad spectrum’ sunscreen solutions provide protection against UVA and UVB rays from the sun, and can also protect workers exposed to UVC rays created during industrial processes.

For a regular-sized adult, it is recommended that employees apply at least one teaspoon of sunscreen to each arm, leg, front of body, back of body and face. It should be applied at least 15 minutes before initial exposure, and reapplied every two-to-three hours.

“Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK, but with Deb’s high-factor sunscreens in place at industrial workplaces across the country, employees can feel reassured that their skin is being looked after in the best way possible, without compromising their daily work,” said Paul Jakeway, Marketing Director at Deb.

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