Tuesday, November 14

Risks associated with working in the sun

Risks associated with working in the sun, health effects of climate change, and fighting tuberculosis

The dangers of sun exposure, health impacts of climate change and the fight against tuberculosis are urgent concerns. The proportion of nonmelanoma skin cancer fatalities caused by occupational sun damage was 31%, affecting approximately 1.6 billion individuals in the workforce worldwide in 2019. Sadly, there were almost 19,000 deaths from this type of cancer linked to job-related sun exposure that year across 183 countries, mainly among males.

Governments should be pushed to establish and enforce regulations for protecting outdoor workers. These include providing shade, changing working hours away from solar noon, education programs for workforces, training on the use of sunscreen and personal protective clothing. When the UV index is above three (UV intensity has been recommended), it should be implemented.

But there’s some good news: WHO, International Labour Organization (ILO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and UN Environment Programme have joined together to present SunSmart Global UV App. Using it they can know how much sunlight they are really getting.

Now let’s talk about tuberculosis (TB). We are on the right track but not fast enough. Since 2000 efforts to combat TB have saved more than 75 million lives yet TB remains the second leading infectious killer in 2022 thus we need to push harder so as to meet our new goals and defeat this health challenge completely. You can Learn more.

Risks associated with working in the sun
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