When temperatures soar, it’s time to think hot weather health and safety – particularly for outdoor workers. The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) has revealed that roofers and builders are at higher risk of skin cancer than many other professions.
BAD’s Kimberley Carter said: ‘When it’s hot, it’s tempting to strip off to cool down. But without any fabric to protect the skin, you can easily burn, which greatly increases your chances of developing melanoma – the deadliest type of skin cancer.’
Workers, however, aren’t taking the proper precautions. A recent report by Marley Eternit, a leading provider of roofing and cladding materials, shows that a third of roofers do not wear a high enough sun cream factor and nearly 25% of roofers surveyed fail to protect their limbs, back and neck.
The firm said the temperature of a typical elevated roof surface exposed to direct sunlight can easily reach 32°C if the air temperature is 18°C. Meanwhile, Cancer Research has reported that skin cancer rates in Britain have increased faster than other common cancers in the last 25 years.
To keep workers safe in the sun, make high factor protection an essential part of your summer safety programme.