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New estimates on occupational burden of skin cancer by WHO and ILO


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New estimates of the burden of non-melanoma skin cancer — attributable to occupational exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation — have just been released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The new data is reflected on the WHO/ILO Joint Estimates website and in the online application where countries can map and download the new estimates and interactively explore their disaggregation by region, sex and age group.

Occupational exposure to solar UV radiation is also covered by EU-OSHA's Workers’ Exposure Survey (WES). In addition, the survey looks into other cancer risk factors, including asbestos, benzene, chromium, diesel engine exhaust emissions, nickel, respirable crystalline silica, wood dust and others. First findings are to be published by the end of November. Stay tuned!

To learn more about occupational risks related to exposure to solar radiation, explore EU-OSHA’s “Heat at work - Guidance for workplaces” to lessen and manage occupational heat stress.

Access the full WHO/ILO report.