Survey Reveals Only 18 Percent of Outdoor Workers Always Wear Sunscreen at Work

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that more than 8,500
people in the U.S. 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
, 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
percent 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 percent) of outdoor workers say
they always or sometimes see a need to wear sunscreen at work. However,
71 percent of outdoor workers say their employers don’t provide
sunscreen to them for use at work. Perhaps that is why 59 percent 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 work day 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

To learn more or to request a free trial, visit

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


Mulberry Marketing Communications
Christina Alvarez