Cancer and construction: Skin cancers

This page tells you about the risks to construction workers from skin cancer.

What is it?

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers. There are two main groups:

How at risk are construction workers?

HSE commissioned research identified construction workers as a significant 'at risk' group with the most common causes being:

Can you prevent this risk?

Yes. The NHS gives a number of steps you can take to protect against UVR. These are general precautions applicable to many situations because UVR is primarily a public health issue. HSE also has advice on protecting your skin from the sun.

Updated 2023-05-03