New research shows construction workers have a greater risk of skin cancer than any other occupation.
The latest study, which appeared in the British Journal of Cancer*, looked at the risks of skin cancer and outdoor occupations, estimating that there are 48 deaths and 241 cases of melanoma skin cancer each year caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun at work. Construction workers accounted for a staggering 44% of these deaths.
Local conditions in South Africa may pose a higher risk, Marley Roofing would, therefore, encourage all roofers to take action to reduce their skin cancer by following these safety sun tips: *Guideline based on CANSA recommendations
1.Opt for tightly woven fabrics, which help to form a barrier to the sun’s harmful rays
2.Don’t leave exposed skin unprotected. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 20 to all exposed skin areas and remember to reapply regularly.
3.Wear a hard hat at all times, preferably with a brim and flap that will cover the ears and the back of the neck
4.Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated
5.Check your skin regularly for unusual spots and moles, or changes to spots and moles
6.Wear a UV wristband, so that even when it is cloudy, you know when you need to use sunscreen and cover-up
For more information about skin cancer as a result of sun exposure please visit CANSA