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albaug100  
#1 Posted : 14 February 2020 12:22:57(UTC)
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albaug100

I have a colleague who, followng a major surgical intervention, is on immunosuppression medication. This medication increases the risk of skin cancer. 

It has been suggested that a UVA/UVB film would offer good protection.

Have you done this? - what did you use? - what were the drawbacks?

Any and all help very much appreciated. 

Ron Hunter  
#2 Posted : 14 February 2020 14:34:41(UTC)
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Ron Hunter

Work clothes and a solid cab roof would be enough for me - I think you're over-reacting.

BTW laminated glass blocks 90%+ UV radiation. Construction plant may already have that for safety and security?

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A Kurdziel on 17/02/2020(UTC)
chris.packham  
#3 Posted : 14 February 2020 15:23:36(UTC)
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chris.packham

Cab glass will block a substantial amount of UVB radiation but is relatively ineffective against UVA. UVA can also cause skin cancer.  There are two skin cancers that can become malignant. Melanoma is the one that in the U.K. we tend to major on. Squamous cell carcinomas actually are believed to kill as many in the USA as malignant melanomas. However, squamous cell carcinomas have a much lower profile in the U.K. and, as far as I can find out, there are few data on the incidence of these here.

But is the potential to develop skin cancer solely as a result of UV radiation. There are other possible causes of skin cancer and it may be that these that you should be concerned with. What exactly was colleague told?

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A Kurdziel on 17/02/2020(UTC)
George_Young  
#4 Posted : 14 February 2020 16:26:46(UTC)
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George_Young

I would advise the employee to apply sun lotions. We supply it to some of our employees, 

my mother-in-law who recently has skin cancer, but now has the all clear, has been advised to wear a minuim factor 30, even during the winter months and while in the house. She now applies it as advised

stevedm  
#5 Posted : 17 February 2020 12:06:36(UTC)
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stevedm

...SCC...account for 5-11% (as it is a grouping of three types) based on 2013 figures...

jmaclaughlin  
#6 Posted : 17 February 2020 15:18:26(UTC)
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jmaclaughlin

Personally I would be risk assessing the possible side effects of immunosuppression medication, as you definitely do not want anyone prone to trembling hands or frequent loss of concentration operating a digger/360.

Hsquared14  
#7 Posted : 18 February 2020 13:14:37(UTC)
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Hsquared14

Originally Posted by: jmaclaughlin Go to Quoted Post

Personally I would be risk assessing the possible side effects of immunosuppression medication, as you definitely do not want anyone prone to trembling hands or frequent loss of concentration operating a digger/360.

Use of immunosuppression medication does not cause trembling hands or loss of concentration as a rule.  My doctors have just recommended that I use high factor sunscreen and have recommended specific brands.  Having cancer is hard enough to deal with without people making judgements about your ability based on little or no information. 

jmaclaughlin  
#8 Posted : 18 February 2020 15:03:36(UTC)
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jmaclaughlin

It has done, in the past, on three separate occasions, thankfully near misses, 1 trembling hands, 2 loss of concentration.

Outcome for 2 was deployed on other duties, because they declared their medication, the third was not used again (agency worker) as they had not declared.

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