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.
Outdoor workers receive five to 10 times more ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure than indoor workers, significantly increasing their risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma. In Australia, it is estimated that around 200 melanomas and 34,000 other skin cancers per year are caused by occupational exposure.
Implementing a comprehensive sun protection program, including a range of protective measures, can help prevent sun-related injuries and reduce the suffering and costs associated with skin cancer.
Cancer Council SA offers education sessions designed to educate outdoor workers about the effects of UV radiation exposure, skin cancer prevention and early detection. Click here for more information.
We can also provide workplaces with a range of resources and guidance in developing their sun protection policy and practices.
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