Employees who work outdoors for all or part of the day are at greater risk of skin cancer. All skin types can be damaged by exposure to ultra violet (UV) radiation. Damage is permanent and irreversible and increases with each exposure.
Under South Australian occupational health and safety legislation, employers should be considering steps to reduce this risk and protect their employees from ongoing exposure to solar UV radiation that could lead to skin cancer.
Implementing a comprehensive skin protection program, including a range of protective measures, can prevent sun–related injuries and reduce the suffering and costs associated with skin cancer.
Policy resources for outdoor workers
- Skin cancer and outdoor work – A guide for employers
- Skin cancer and outdoor work – working safely in the sun
- Guidance note for the protection of workers from ultraviolet radiation in sunlight - click here.
- Tax deductible sun protection information from Australian Tax Office - click here.