IATSE Local 479 Summer Safety Series: with the arrival of Summer people who work outdoors face a number of additional health safety dangers, from weather extremes to risk of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides extensive information on different forms of skin cancer, risk factors, symptoms, and prevention methods.
Film crews spend large portions of their careers working outside in full exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Regardless of the season or amount of cloud cover, you are constantly exposed to UV radiation during daylight hours and it’s all too easy to disregard simple safety measures during the heat of battle.
Skin cancer prevention is an especially important topic to the members of IATSE Local 479, as more than a few members have experienced various forms of skin cancer and in 2017 one of the officers in Local 479’s Young Workers Committee passed from complications due to melanoma. He was only 30 years old.
Don’t let the cost of cumulative sun exposure be your life.