Free Webinar: Skin Protection for Outdoor Workers

18 Jun 2018

John Egan, CIF Executive, Safety & Training Services, lays down the best practices for outdoor workers to stay protected from the sun this summer.

On 27th of June at 2pm, Karen O’Connell of Deb Group Limited and Úna Delahunt of the Irish Cancer Society, in conjunction with the CIF, will provide a free and live webinar for CIF members to discuss the importance of skin protection for outdoor workers.

Prior registration is required for this webinar, register by following this link  

Topics to be covered include: 

  • Introduction to Ultraviolet (UV) light;
  • Signs and symptoms of skin damage;
  • Case studies;
  • Best means for ensuring skin protection.

Workers who spend most of their time outdoors are at risk of skin damage or even skin cancer.  Ultraviolet (UV) light is invisible light that radiates from the sun and by some artificial sources (e.g. sunbeds). Moderate exposure to UV is essential for a healthy human life; however, exposure to UV light in large doses can damage the skin, producing burns, lead to premature skin ageing, wrinkling, cell mutations and even skin cancer.

It is important to note that sun protection is essential, even on cloudy days.  When the UV Index level reaches 3, protection is required.

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In Ireland, approximately 40,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year.  Skin cancer is the most common cancer with over 10,000 new cases diagnosed each year.  By the year 2020, it is estimated that 1 in 2 persons living in Ireland will develop cancer at some stage during their lifetime.  Those most at risk include:

  • People with very fair skin that burns easily;
  • People with a personal or family history of skin cancer;
  • People with lots of moles (more than 50);
  • Those in contact with carcinogens (metal workers / mechanics).


Best Means of Ensuring Protection

Adopt the ‘5-S’ approach:

  1. SLIP – on sun protective clothing;
  2. SLOP – on minimum SPF30 sun cream;
  3. SLAP – on a hat and neck protection;
  4. SLIDE – on some sunglasses;
  5. SHADE – from the sun where possible.

The average sized adult should apply sunscreen at least 1 teaspoon (6ml) of sunscreen to each arm, leg front of body and back of body, and 1/2 teaspoon (3ml) of sunscreen to the face, including ears and neck.  The recommendation is to use a high SPF sunscreen, with a minimum SPF30, apply liberally to dry skin 15 minutes before UV exposure and every 2-3 hours thereafter.

Personal Surveillance 

All persons should check their skin regularly for:

  • A new or changing mole;
  • A new growth or sore that does not heal;
  • A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, ooze, crust, scab or bleed;
  • A change in sensation / how it feels;
  • Constant skin ulcers that are not explained by other causes.


Join Karen O’Connell of Deb Group Limited and Úna Delahunt of the Irish Cancer Society for this free CIF webinar to discuss the importance of skin protection for outdoor workers. 

Please register using the link provided:


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