The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that more than 8,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. The most effective way for workers to protect themselves from contracting skin cancer is to practice sun safety when outdoors.
A new survey commissioned by Deb Group and conducted online by Harris Poll examines the sunscreen habits among employees ages 18 and older who work outdoors at least half the time. The study found that only 18 percent of outdoor workers always wear sunscreen at work.
“There are very real dangers associated with sun exposure that are often overlooked in the workplace,” said Isabelle Faivre, vice president of marketing, Deb North America. “Outdoor workers are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer and other ailments related to increased sun exposure. Organizations should educate outdoor workers on proper sun protection and provide sunscreen for use daily.”
The study found that more than half (58 percent) of outdoor workers say they always or sometimes see a need to wear sunscreen at work. However, 71 percent of outdoor workers say their employers don’t provide sunscreen to them for use at work. Perhaps that is why 59 percent of outdoor workers always or sometimes bring their own sunscreen to work.
Deb Group is campaigning to raise awareness of the risks associated with prolonged UV exposure to those who spend a significant amount of time outside as part of their job, and has a collection of educational materials for managers and employees to implement an effective sun safety program.