For many West Australians the workplace is a major source of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. This increased exposure to solar UV radiation means that outdoor workers are at greater risk of developing skin cancer. UV radiation has been classified as a known cause of cancer in humans. Each year in Australia it is estimated that 200 melanomas and 34,000 non-melanoma skin cancers are caused by occupational exposures.
Since UV radiation is a known cause of harm, employers have a duty of care to protect their workers from overexposure to it while working outdoors. Workers have an equal duty to cover up when asked by the boss. It’s the smart way to go.
To find out more about occupational exposure to UV radiation, click on the links below:
Want help with sun protection in your workplace?
Cancer Council WA can provide the information required to develop a comprehensive sun protection program in your workplace. Please contact the SunSmart Workplace Coordinator on (08) 9388 4360 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested to find out more.
Cancer Council WA has worked with AVELING to develop an online ‘UV and Heat Awareness ‘ training course. Cancer Council WA encourages outdoor workers to complete the course.