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UV protection in the workplace

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.

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Best practice resources for your workplace

Download or order free resources on UV protection in the workplace.

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UV protection program

Use this step-by-step guide to develop or review your UV protection program.

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Training and education

Book a UV protection education session for your outdoor team or an information session for your whole organisation.

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More information on UV radiation and skin cancer

What is UV radiation?

Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation, but what is UV?

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How should I protect my workers?

PPE is an important part of minimising the risk of UV exposure—Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide.

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What is skin cancer?

What are the first signs of skin cancer and how does it occur?

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Find skin cancer early

Encourage your workers to check themselves regularly and find skin cancer early.

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This webpage was last reviewed and updated in January 2020.