Survey says only 18% of outdoor workers always wear sunscreen

The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that more than 8,500 people in the US are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. The most effective way for workers to protect themselves from contracting skin cancer is to practice sun safety when outdoors. A new survey commissioned by Deb Group, and conducted online by Harris Poll among U.S. adults ages 18 and older who work outdoors at least half the time, determines how often outdoor workers wear sunscreen at work. The study found that only 18% of outdoor workers always wear sunscreen at work.

“There are very real dangers associated with sun exposure that are often overlooked in the workplace,” said Isabelle Faivre, Vice President of Marketing, Deb North America. “Outdoor workers are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer and other ailments related to increased sun exposure. Organizations should educate outdoor workers on proper sun protection and provide sunscreen for use daily.”

The study found that more than half (58%) of outdoor workers say they always or sometimes see a need to wear sunscreen at work. However, 71% of outdoor workers say their employers don’t provide sunscreen to them for use at work. Perhaps that is why 59% of outdoor workers always or sometimes bring their own sunscreen to work.

Deb Group is proactively campaigning to raise awareness of the risks associated with prolonged UV exposure to those who spend a significant amount of time outside as part of their job. Deb has a collection of educational materials for managers and employees to implement an effective sun safety program, including Deb’s Manager’s Guide – Be UV Aware: Protect Your Outdoor Workers. The guide provides information on the impact exposure to harmful UV rays during the workday can have on workers’ across a number of different industries and how to minimize the risk of sun exposure. Other campaign materials include an infographic, blog posts, posters, and informative presentations.

Deb Group offers a range of UV Protection creams to help prevent skin damage from UV rays. The Deb Stoko Stokoderm Sun Protect Range is the perfect solution for anyone outside in the warmer months as it covers all bases, protecting against harmful UV-A and UV-B rays as well as the artificial UV-C rays created by industrial processes such as welding. The product can be dispensed from personal tubes or wall-mounted dispensers.

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Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Deb Group from March 16-18, 2016 among 2,015 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, among whom 113 work in education and 108 work outdoors at least half the time. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Christina Alvarez at

About Deb Group
Headquartered in the U.K. and with North American headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., Deb Group provides dedicated skin care programs for a wide range of industries and organizations that value their employee and customer well being.

In 2014, Deb Group acquired Stoko Professional Skin Care to become the world’s largest specialist occupational skin care company. The combined organization encompasses 23 companies operating in 19 countries, with Deb products used over 150 million times every day. The Deb product lines include Travabon®, Stokoderm®, Refresh, Estesol®, Solopol®, Kresto®, Deb InstantFOAM, Stokolan® and KrestoGT.

In 2015, Deb Group was acquired by SC Johnson, a privately held, family company and one of the world leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care. To learn more, visit