Sun Safety

Dr David Hazafy, from the school of chemistry and chemical engineering at Queens University visited Farrans Construction site to test a newly devised wristband indicating overexposure to ultraviolet light.

Outdoor workers are at an increased risk of skin cancer caused by exposure to the sun. With 100,000 cases of skin cancer resulting from overexposure to ultraviolet light in the UK every year, the dangers of too much sun are well known. Cancer mortality and incidence data for the UK suggests that construction workers account for around 58% of occupational cancer deaths and 55% of occupational cancer registrations attributed to sun exposure.

Dr Hazafy’s solution is a simple and cheap piece of plastic which can be tied around the wrist and contains an ink which disappears when the user has been exposed to the recommended daily dose of sun.

Farrans Construction are invested in raising awareness of the dangers of overexposure to their workforce, and assisted Dr Hazafy with a trial of the wristbands in three sites across the UK – in Belfast London and Cambridge.

This was accompanied by Tool Box Talks highlighting the need to take preventative measures:

  • Covering up
  • Using the high factor sunscreens provided
  • Staying hydrated
  • Staying in shade during breaks
  • Checking your skin regularly for changing or unusual moles

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