With many construction workers out in the elements day in, day out environmental causes of cancer and other diseases are more prevalent in construction workers.
Construction Junkie wrote an article detailing how to detect potential skin cancer and how to reduce your chances of getting skin cancer with preventative measures.
Here is a snippet from the article:
The deadliest form of skin cancer is melanoma and it is expected that 90,000 people will be diagnosed with the disease and 9,000 of those will be killed by the disease in 2018. Not all of those cases will be from the construction industry, but it speaks to the real threat that skin cancer provides.
To help the construction industry reduce their risk of developing skin cancer, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) has developed a document called Hazard Alert: Skin Cancer, which outlines how to protect your skin and how to detect early signs of the disease. You can find that document by clicking here, it’s a good hand out for your crew and a good topic for an upcoming toolbox talk.