Outdoor workers receive up to 10 times more UV radiation exposure than indoor workers, significantly increasing their risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma.
Implementing a comprehensive UV protection program, including a range of control measures, can help prevent sun-related injuries and reduce the suffering and costs associated with skin cancer.
Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA), a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), has a duty of care to ensure workers are not exposed to risks to their health and safety as a result of work activities.
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 who spend any time working outdoors.
Therefore UV radiation is a known workplace that must be managed appropriately.
Cancer Council SA can assist workplaces meet their WH&S responsibilities and duty of care by providing a range of resources, education sessions for workers and support for developing a UV protection program.