Skin cancer cases are on the increase in the UK – and they’re rising faster than in the rest of Europe.
Every year in Great Britain, on average occupational skin cancer kills 60 people.
There are at least 1,500 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer and 240 new cases of malignant melanoma linked to solar radiation exposure through work.
Ultraviolet radiation is a risk that particularly affects outdoor workers, who receive 5-10 times the yearly sun exposure of indoor workers.
Managers and business owners should ensure that exposure to UV radiation from the sun and instruct their workers to follow the HSE Guidance.
Keep your top on – Clothing forms a barrier to the suns harmful rays, especially tightly woven fabrics.
Wear hats expecially those with a brim or a flap that covers the ears or back of the neck.
Stay in the shade whenever possible during breaks and expecially at lunchtime.
Use high factor sunscreen ideally SPF 15 and higher and apply as recommended by the manufacturer.
Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
Check your skin regularly for any unusual spots. See a doctor promptly if you notice new spots or ones changing in shape, colour, itching or bleeding.
Give me a call if you need help in developing a policy towards UV radiation.