WernerCo is urging professionals to take the relevant precautions to prevent sun damage when working outdoors this Skin Cancer Awareness Month.
Following research undertaken by the Health and Safety Executive, construction workers were identified as a significant ‘at risk’ group when it comes to developing skin cancer, given their frequent exposure to damaging UV rays.
In addition, research conducted on behalf of Toolstation found that more than one-in-five tradespeople in the UK don’t use sun protection at all, which is of concern considering the outlined risks involved in regular outdoor activity.
While Skin Cancer Awareness Month falls in May, which means summer is fast approaching, it is essential that sunscreen is worn throughout the year to prevent this kind of cancer, even during the winter period.
UV rays continue to penetrate clouds even on overcast days, therefore the requirement to wear SPF 30 or above is recommended throughout the seasons.
Considering this, here is some NHS advice offered to ensure tradespeople stay well protected:
- Aim to use six to eight teaspoons of SPF for your entire body
- Apply 30 minutes before going out into the sun
- Apply to all exposed skin – including face, neck, head and ears
- Reapply according to manufacturer’s instructions
It is also advised to look out for changes to the skin and seek medical advice should you notice any new moles, growths or lumps. Moles, freckles or patches of skin that change in shape, size or colour also require a trip to the GP.
Paul Floyd, Commercial Manager for WernerCo UK, says, “WernerCo is passionate about raising awareness about the dangers of sun exposure, considering many of the people we work closely with are outdoors for a large portion of their day.
“Skin Cancer Awareness Month is a great initiative. However, we recognise that this is an issue we need to be conscious of all year-round. Therefore, we take our role seriously in terms of educating those in the trades to always wear adequate sun protection.
“We urge construction workers to follow best practices laid out by the NHS when it comes to preventing sun damage. We also ask teams to look out for one another on-site, encouraging colleagues and employees to wear sunscreen, no matter the weather.”