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Advice for firms over skin cancer

Published 23/04/2015

Ensuring adequate protection against the sun is essential for anyone who spends prolonged periods of time working outdoors.

The reality is, however, that an average of five people a day across the UK are being diagnosed with skin cancer as a direct result of working outside unprotected from the sun's harmful UV rays.

That is why the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is launching new research which gives a full picture of the link between working outdoors and developing skin cancer.

Simple measures including checking the UV index in the weather forecast, wearing long-sleeved, loose-fitting tops and trousers when working outdoors and minimising exposure to direct sunlight during the middle of the day can all help to protect your skin from the sun.

Through its No Time to Lose campaign (www.notimetolose.org.uk), IOSH is offering companies help to take action and protect employees against the damaging effects of solar radiation.

RICHARD McIVOR

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (NI)

Belfast Telegraph

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