According to a recent study by Imperial College London, working outdoors could lead to one death and around five new cases of melanoma skin cancer every week[1]. Swarfega is set to raise awareness of the importance of sun protection for agricultural workers – an at-risk group as it spends many working hours outdoors – at this month’s NFU conference. The skin care company is sending its roving sun screen team to the conference, with a UV scanner to raise awareness of the potentially harmful effects of UV rays from the sun.

Outdoor workers, such as those in the agricultural sector, are at greater risk from skin damage and sunburn.  Even when it is cloudy, it’s a little-known fact that up to 80% of the harmful radiation from the sun can penetrate through clouds.

The Met Office monitors and publishes the UV level in the UK, and when this reaches level 3 or above, those working outside for any length of time should take protective measures. In the UK, UV level 3 and above can frequently occur between the months of March and October, so it’s far from being just a Summertime problem for outdoor workers!

Swarfega will be attending the National Farmers Union (NFU) Conference 2019 at The ICC in Birmingham on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February. Using the latest UV imaging technology, Swarfega will be offering attendees free UV face scans designed to highlight areas at risk of exposure from UV rays and the power of prevention using sun cream. The company will also be giving delegates the opportunity to learn about the potential damage from UV radiation, along with free, informed advice on sun protection measures and the protective power of sun cream recommended for those who work outside.

Leading ‘at work’ skin care specialist, Swarfega, and Europe’s largest agricultural wholesaler, Kramp, have recently teamed up with the NFU to offer members up to 15% discount on Kramp products when they register to Kramp online, together with a free TOUGH by Swarfega goodie bag on their first order.

[1] Imperial College London

2 NHS Be Clear on Cancer