Looking after yourself and each other

Sun, skin and hydration

July’s Health and Wellbeing focus is sun, skin and hydration.

Sun

Did you know that…. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the UK with over 50,000 new cases every year. Those most at risk are people who work outside, have pale skin or freckled skin that is prone to burning, people with moles or with a weakened immune system.

Too much sunlight is harmful to your skin. It can cause skin damage including sunburn, blistering and skin ageing and in the long term can lead to skin cancer such as melanoma. Working outdoors for long periods of time increases our risk of damaging of our skin, or worse, unless proper precautions are taken.

Scan your skin

It is important than you scan your skin at least once a month for signs of skin cancer if you have had exposure to sunlight, signs can include:

  • Growth of moles
  • Moles that are growing, bleeding or changing in appearance.
  • Scabby spots and sores that do not clear
  • Skin discoloration.

How to save your skin whilst working in the sun:

 

  • Plan your day ─ reschedule works to take place during the coolest parts of the day.
  • Walk and work in the shade as much as possible.
  • Take frequent short breaks, in a shaded cool area.
  • Stay hydrated ─ drink plenty of water.
  • If possible wear loose and lightweight clothing – speak to your site manager.
  • Always use sunscreen on all areas of your skin and reapply every two hours. Look for sun protection of at least factor SPF30.
  • Report any medications that can affect you in hot environment.

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