Deb Group has officially launched its annual Sun Protection for Outdoor Workers Campaign. Running through the summer months, the campaign will educate employers on the risks of sun exposure and provide tips for keeping their outdoor workers protected.

The World Health Organization confirmed that the incidence of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers has been increasing over the past decades. Currently, between 2 and 3 million skin cancers occur globally each year. One in every three cancers diagnosed is a skin cancer and more than 65,000 people worldwide die from melanoma each year. Outdoor workers, particularly construction workers, are at a very high risk of damaging sun exposure. Based on a field study conducted in Australia, construction workers can be exposed to 10 times the recommended daily UV exposure levels. Other high-risk target industries include horticultural, forestry, telecommunications, maritime sector, postal workers and road workers.

“There are very real dangers associated with sun exposure particularly for outdoor workers, and these dangers are often times overlooked in the workplace” said Isabelle Faivre, Vice President of Marketing of Deb North America. “Education is the key to prevention, and Deb is working hard to put strategies and systems in place to educate employers and protect workers.”    

Employers who have outdoor workers are encouraged to download Deb’s Manager's Guide and Poster for Skin Care At Work: Sun Protection for Workers. The guide provides guidelines on how to minimize your outdoor workers’ risk of sun exposure, including, how and when to apply sunscreen, when to take breaks and how to stay properly hydrated. It also provides an aid to early detection of skin cancer and when to seek medical advice.

As part of their new Deb Stoko Global Product Range, Deb offers a full range of Sun Protect products including individual tubes and 1 liter cartridges for dispensers. Designed specifically for industrial outdoor workers, this product offers high-performance protection from the sun's harmful UV-A (aging) & UV-B (burning) rays.

For more information, infographics, fact sheets, blog posts and a downloadable poster, email or call 800-248-7190.