Protect Your Workers from Skin Cancer
Wednesday June 11, 2014“These beautiful days are such a relief after such a long, hard winter! Whether you work or play outside, you can use these tips to keep yourself, your employees and your family safe from skin cancer.” Brenda Boomer | firstname.lastname@example.org Skin cancer accounts for almost half of all cancers diagnosed in the United States every year. And outdoor workers are at an extremely high risk for overexposure from the sun. As a result of being exposed to the sun’s rays at high levels and frequency, many construction workers and contractors develop skin cancer sometime in their life. And due in part to the fact that various detrimental effects of sun exposure occur later in life, many workers do not take the necessary precautions to protect themselves against the sun’s dangerous rays during their younger years. If the workers at your organization are doing any of the following, they are putting themselves at high risk for developing skin cancer:
- Not wearing sunscreen
- Not applying sunscreen frequently enough
- Not wearing polarized eye protection
- Incurring frequent sunburn
- Wearing minimal upper body clothing when working in warmer temperatures
- Not fully comprehending the dangers of the sun
- Uniform shirts must be worn at all times.
- In areas where hardhats are not required, a hat that will protect the face from the sun must be worn when workers are exposed to the sun for more than 20 minutes.
- In working areas where an umbrella, tarp or other form of sun protection is provided, these must always be utilized.
- In areas where eye protection is not already required, sunglasses must always be worn to prevent eye damage.
- Sunscreen must be applied every hour to all exposed areas of the skin.