Workplaces should have a sun protection programme in place

Construction workers have an increased risk of developing skin cancer due to their prolonged exposure to outdoor conditions.

It is important to acknowledge these risks and take a proactive stance to prevent harmful exposures.

The Australian construction industry have taken measures to safeguard their workforce, with the Cancer Council Australia recommending that workplaces should have a sun protection programme in place, that includes:

Risk assessment: Used to identify employees who have a high risk of exposure to solar UVR and situations/work systems where high exposure to UVR occurs.

Sun protection control measures: Once the risks have been identified, employers and employees should work together to minimise the risk (engineering controls, administrative controls, personal protective equipment).

Training employees to work safely in the sun: Raising awareness as well as providing education and training.

Workplace sun protection policy: A written document recording why and how the solar UVR risks are managed in your workplace.

Monitoring the programme’s effectiveness: Once the sun protection programme has been implemented they must be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis.

To find out more, click on the link below.


Skin cancer outdoor booklet Click here to Download

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The Cancer Council Victoria (2007) 'Skin Cancer and Outdoor Work: A Guide for Employers'

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