Employees who work outdoors for all or part of the day are at greater risk of skin cancer. All skin types can be damaged by exposure to ultra violet (UV) radiation. Damage is permanent and irreversible and increases with each exposure.
Under South Australian occupational health and safety legislation, employers should be considering steps to reduce this risk and protect their employees from ongoing exposure to solar UV radiation that could lead to skin cancer.
Implementing a comprehensive skin protection program, including a range of protective measures, can prevent sun-related injuries and reduce the suffering and costs associated with skin cancer.
Education session for outdoor workers
Outdoor workers receive 5 to 10 times more UV radiation exposure than indoor workers, significantly increasing their risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma. Work health and safety legislation requires workplaces to provide a safe working environment and workers have an obligation to cooperate with their workplace sun protection program.
Cancer Council SA can provide an education session designed to educate your workers about the effects of UV radiation exposure, skin cancer prevention and early detection.
Book your session today by completing the expression of interest form, from the Cancer Council website, and emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or 8291 4147.