Are you and your workers protecting yourselves from sun exposure? Maybe you’ve been a little too stingy with your sunblock application? A new survey commissioned by the Deb Group, and conducted online by Harris Poll, found that only 18% of outdoor workers said that they always wear sunscreen at work. This is despite the very real danger that is faced by workers who spend more than eight hours outside exposed to the UV rays from the sun. This means that workers are at a higher risk of skin cancer from long periods of sun exposure. Many polled also said that they have to bring their own sunscreen to work.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, an estimated 8,5000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Many surveyed said that they have to bring their own sunblock to their job sites. Consider purchasing a bulk supply of sunblock down the line to your employees who are working on projects in the sun for long periods of time.
The survey was conducted online between March 16-18, among 2,015 U.S. adults 18 and older with 108 surveyed working outdoors at least half the time. Yet, the survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error could be calculated.