October is National Safe Work Month, a chance for workers and employers across the country to commit to building safe and healthy workplaces for all Australians.
Outdoor workers receive 5 to 10 times more UV radiation exposure than indoor workers, significantly increasing their risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma.
UV radiation has been identified as a class 1 carcinogen (in the same category as asbestos and tobacco), posing a serious occupational risk for those working outdoors and is responsible for 95-99 per cent of all skin cancers.
Skin Cancer and Outdoor Work - a work health and safety guide
Cancer Council SA’s Skin cancer and outdoor work - a work health and safety guide, has been updated to better assist workplaces meet their WH&S responsibilities and duty of care.
Presented in practical sections or as a complete document, select the links below and find the right tools to better support you to raise awareness and improve worker understanding of occupational UV exposure, skin cancer prevention and the importance of early detection.
To view an electronic copy of the guide, please click here or choose from the following specific resources:
- Toolbox talk: UV safety and skin cancer
- Quiz: UV as a workplace hazard
- Sample UV protection policy
- UV risk control for outdoor work
- Template letter to employees: For workplaces not offering skin checks
- Template Letter to employees: For workplaces offering skin checks
To order a hard copy booklet, or view other resources available to order, click here.
FREE Workplace sun safety education sessions
Workplaces are ideal settings to encourage positive behaviours through education that can in turn influence worker’s health and well-being, productivity and workplace culture. Book a FREE session for Safe Work Month today! Normally valued at $150 each.
Choose from the following options:
- 90 minute presentation and skin damage viewer session
- 60 minute comprehensive
- 30 minute refresher (suitable for workplaces who have previously had a SunSmarteducation session)
One free session per workplace during October. Additional presentations will be charged at the discounted rate of $100 each.
FREE Work, health and safety workshop
Alternatively, we can hold individual or small group meetings with relevant workplace representatives (e.g.: management, human resources, supervisors, WHS, etc.). The purpose is to workshop ideas, identify controls and develop a tailored action plan to reduce UV radiation hazards in your workplace in relation to the WHS Act (SA). Be one of the first 20 workplaces to take up this offer, and receive a FREE SunSmart Safety Pack which includes sunscreen, bathroom mirror stickers and a suite of resources to have you ready for the peak UV season.
Ideal for all business sizes, these sessions are open to any workplace with staff or volunteers who work outdoors.
Phone 8291 4269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting time.