Sun exposure

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.