Deb USA Sun Protection at Work

Deb USA launched a Sun Protection At Work Campaign to educate employers on how to minimize the risk of sun for their outdoor workers.

Deb Sun ProtectSkin cancer is the most common form of cancer in United States, with over 81,220 new melanoma and non-melanoma cases diagnosed each year (American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2014. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2014). Outdoor workers have a higher than average risk of skin cancer, due to the amount of time they spend in the sun as part of their occupation. That’s why it is important that the employer take responsibility to advise employees of the dangers of working in the sun.

There are many industries where sun protection is important including; construction, natural resources, horticultural and forestry, public sector, telecommunications, postal workers, maritime sector, and road workers.

Having a good understanding of the protection that sunscreens offer is essential. Sunscreens of at least SPF 30 are recommended by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), to protect against the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB), or burning, rays. The product should also protect against ultraviolet A (UVA) rays which penetrate more deeply into skin and are responsible for premature aging and contribute to the development of skin cancer. Look for sunscreens that are labelled “broad-spectrum” to protect against both.