Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA), a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) e.g. a company, has a primary duty of care to ensure workers are not exposed to risks to their health and safety as a result of work activities.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) lists UV radiation as a Group 1 carcinogen; therefore, overexposure to UV radiation is a known hazard that must be managed in the workplace. Workers also have a responsibility for their own safety and health and must follow sun protection policies and use sun protection measures as directed.
Cancer Council SA recommends workplaces have a comprehensive sun protection program in place that identifies UV exposure hazards and introduces control measures to reduce exposure, including:
- sun protection control measures: the introduction and maintenance of protective measures in line with workplace hazard controls
- training workers to work safely in the sun: the provision of information, instruction, training and supervision for workers
- risk assessment: periodic assessment of the UV exposure risk to all workers. A sample UV risk assessment tool can be found here
- sun protection policy: documentation of the program, including control measures, in a written policy. A sample policy can be found here
- monitoring program effectiveness: a process to determine the effectiveness of control measures and identify changes that may further reduce exposure
- Skin cancer and outdoor work—A work health and safety guide
- Work outdoors? Use UV protection every day
- More SunSmart resources for you to download or order for your workplace
- Guide on exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR)
- Tax-deductible sun protection information from Australian Tax Office
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