Remind Workers of Sun Safety To Prevent Melanoma

Updated advice has been issued for outdoor workers in New Zealand with specific information on how to protect themselves from ultraviolet (UV) light, in time for the height of the summer.
The fact sheet sets out simple steps workers can take to protect themselves from UV rays and it also provides information about health monitoring for employers and their staff.
New Zealand has one of the highest rates of melanoma in the world and people who work outdoors have a high risk of developing skin cancers,” said Dr Geraint Emrys, the Departments Chief Adviser Health and Safety.
This information provides advice on how to identify the different forms of skin cancer and how to look for early warning signs of an unusual growth.
As we all know the greatest risk of being harmed takes place during late morning and early afternoon in the summer months – a time when many outdoor workers are at their busiest.”
As well as taking steps to protect themselves, outdoor workers are advised to make a conscious effort to monitor their health and their skin every few months. More than 90 percent of cases of skin cancer can be cured if the disease is caught early. (WCxKit)
Employers have a responsibility to take all practicable steps to protect their employees – this means they should be reminding their workers who spend long periods outside about sun protection,” Emrys added.

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