Outdoors worker? You must read this.
Is this you?
Have I missed anybody?
If you’re an outdoors worker, please do not dismiss this.
Male skin cancer is a rapidly growing phenomenen.
The number of male diagnoses is almost expected to double globally over the next 20 years according to the World Health Organisation.
And right now, each year, almost two men die of skin cancer for every one woman in Australasia, North America and much of Europe.
Why does that matter to you?
Sunscreen is to the skin what a helmet or hard hat is to the skull. It’s PPE. It’s should be considered as part of your occupational health.
A UK study found that about 86% of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.
These rays touch your skin every single day. And that includes during winter or through cloud cover. This is especially true for you given your job.
Regular daily use of an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen reduces the risk of developing melanoma by 50%.
For the attention of: Government
Make it mandatory for employers to provide skin protection free of charge to outdoor workers.
A breach of this health and safety code should be a criminal offence.
While you’re at it, cut VAT on sunscreen. It’s a medicine not a damn cosmetic.
For the attention of: Employers
Make skin protection a part of every employee’s training.
Stick it down in the employee manual.
In terms of health and safety, this is no different to a fire drill, a hard hat or a high visibility jacket.
Take responsibility for your outdoors worker.
For the attention of: Employees
Break the taboo.
Put on a daily moisturiser with SPF in the morning. Carry sunscreen with you. Use it all year round.
Do it for your looks. Do it for yourself. Do it for your family.