According to recent research, which was undertaken by Imperial College London and commissioned by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the number of people in the United Kingdom who are diagnosed with, or die from, skin cancer contracted as a result of sun exposure at work, is much higher than expected.
It is hoped said research will better educate busineses as to the risks of skin cancer for employers/workers working in outdoor roles, including those in construction, agriculture and leisure.
According to the Imperial College's study approximately 50 people in the UK die of malignant melanoma after being exposed to solar radiation at work, while five people a day are being diagnosed with a form of skin cancer contracted at work.
In light of the findings, IOSH is urging UK-based businesses create 'sun safety strategies', which could impose: regular weather forecasts being taken; cutting down on sun exposure in the middle of the day; changing workers' attire; and supplying suncream.
Commenting on the research, Shelley Frost, who is the Executive Director of Policy for IOSH, said:
"We've a clear picture for the UK now of the number of people diagnosed with or dying from skin cancer because of sun exposure at work.
"It's a terrible disease but with some simple measures we can ensure people who work outside are not exposed to the solar radiation that causes it. Work-related skin cancer is avoidable but businesses and their employees hold the key to beating it and today we are showing them how it can be done."
Also Commenting, Dr Lesley Rushton, who took part in the research:
"Our study is the first to quantify the importance of sun exposure during work time with an estimated one person a week likely to die because of this. It highlights the need for industry to introduce skin protection measures and encourage their workers to use them."
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