Outdoor and Government Workers

UV Skin Damage a Major Concern for Outdoor Workers

With cases of skin cancer rising over 10% annually, safety for employees who work outdoors should no longer be limited to items like hard hats, steel-toed shoes, or safety harnesses. Over 3 million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in 2018. Of these cases, over 100,000 will be MELANOMA—the most deadly form of skin cancer—leading to as many as 10,000 deaths in the U.S. The fact that over 90% of skin cancers can be directly attributed to sun exposure, protection from the sun is becoming a big safety concern, as well as a liability issue for employers.

Employer Workman's Comp Liability

Employees are beginning to sue their employers for skin cancer benefits, thereby increasing an employer’s workers compensation premiums. In California, lifeguards who develop skin cancer during the period of their employment with public agencies or the California Department of Parks and Recreation are now eligible for workers’ compensation. (California Labor Code, Section 3212.11). The average annual cost for skin cancer treatment in the U.S. increased from $3.6 billion during 2002-2006, to $8.1 billion during 2007-2011, an increase in costs of 126 percent. The average annual cost for treatment of all other cancers increased by just 25 percent during the same time period. As these numbers continue to climb, it will only be a matter of time before more employers will see REAL COSTS associated with skin cancer risk for their outdoor workers.

 


 

The Best Sun Safety Solution for Employers

One of the biggest hurtles in any employer sun safety program is how to make dispensing sunscreen to employees both convenient and economical. Rocky Mountain Sunscreen solves both these challenges with our bulk sunscreen program specifically designed for: Life Guards / Swimming Pools; Golf Course Maintenance; Construction Workers; Cities and Municipalities; Highway Departments; and Child Care Centers.

As the official sun protection of world class resorts such as Telluride, our experience is unequalled in the high intensity UV environment. Bulk sunscreen offers many benefits to today’s employer of outdoor workers including:

  1. Bulk sunscreen saves application time
  2. Gallon sunscreen pump dispensers refills our smaller, 2 and 6-ounce bottles so workers may reapply throughout the work day
  3. Gallon sunscreen pump dispensers remain in the locker room to remind the worker to apply sunscreen early in the morning, and to refill the smaller, personal size bottles as needed

Bulk sunscreen provides a healthy alternative for your outdoor workforce rather than simply allowing them to develop skin cancer—not to mention the savings on worker's compensation premiums. The RMS gallon sunscreen pump dispenser is designed specifically to give the employer a cost-effective alternative to help prevent skin cancer.

 


 

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has identified Ultraviolet Radiation (UV) as a carcinogen. Listed below is a direct link to OSHA’s sun protection guidelines to help protect your outdoor workforce from harmful UV radiation. Rocky Mountain Sunscreen has developed a unique, comprehensive training manual to help train your employees on the importance of skin protection and skin cancer prevention. Sunscreen, combined with proper apparel, eyewear, and headwear protection can help reduce lost days at work and keep your workforce healthy. CLICK HERE to read through the OSHA guidelines and have the option to print them out and post them for your outdoor workforce

 


Authoring Your Own Sun Safety Program

Unlike a hardhat at a construction site or a reflective vest when working on a roadway, sun protective safety measures do not protect employees from any immediate danger of an accident. Sun safety is PREVENTIVE safety. In our experience, most employees once they are educated about skin cancer, and provided with the protective measures they need, tend to comply with a sun safety initiative. However, not all employees will be 100% compliant. For example, you can require them to apply sunscreen before leaving the shop, but ensuring they reapply while out on the job is simply not practical. The important thing for you as an employer, is to protect yourself from future liability.

Workman’s compensation claims for skin cancer are common in the UK and Australia, which is why companies in those countries are becoming vigilant about sun safety. Eventually, the same scenario will likely play out in the U.S. If you have trained your employees about the dangers of UV exposure and skin cancer, and provided access to sun safety protective measures, you will help shield your company from incurring liability down the road for a worker developing skin cancer.

 

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