Australia has one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world. According to the Cancer Council, more than 430,000 people are treated for one or more non-melanoma skin cancers.
Risks from heat and UV exposure for outdoor workers can be reduced by:
- working under shade and shelter whenever possible
- rotating tasks to reduce sun exposure
- scheduling work to cooler times of the day
- providing information, instruction, training and supervision to workers
- providing water and encouraging workers to stay hydrated
- providing personal protective equipment, like SPF 50+ clothing, long sleeves shirts and sunscreen.