Raise awareness of sun exposure

IOSH is encouraging members to use the new free resources from the No Time to Lose campaign to help raise awareness of work-related solar radiation risks.

12 May 2015

The materials were developed as new IOSH research revealed that in the UK alone, 60 workers die a year because of exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. And five new cases of skin cancer caused by work are diagnosed every day. 

A second new IOSH research report highlighted a lack of awareness of the risks among UK construction workers – two thirds of workers outside for seven hours a day thought they were not at risk from the sun, or were unsure if they were. The new findings were launched at the Royal Mail’s London head office last month.

IOSH Executive Director of Policy Shelley Frost said: “It’s great to see that forward-thinking businesses such as the Royal Mail Group already have a sun safety strategy which includes providing wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeved tops and trousers as part of its uniform, and encouraging workers to cover up during the higher UV months.

“Skin cancer is avoidable, and with some simple measures we can make sure people who work outside aren’t exposed to the solar radiation that causes it.

“We’ve produced new free, practical resources as part of our No Time to Lose campaign and we’re encouraging businesses to use them to support their sun safety strategy and help stop skin cancer caused by work.”

By registering on the No Time to Lose website you’ll find factsheets, films, leaflets, posters, toolbox talks and more. You can also order free hard copies.

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Contact Tim Walsh, IOSH Media Manager

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