Exposure at work

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.

Image courtesy of QLD Health

Image courtesy of QLD Health

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:

The case for sun protection on the worksite

The solar UV radiation story – why is it a workplace hazard?

Overexposure to solar UV radiation – workplace hazard for the building and construction industry

Duty of care and overexposure to solar UV radiation

Prevention is better than cure – reduce your skin cancer risk

Myth busters – the truth about sun protection

Vitamin D debate – relevance for outdoor workers

Early detection of skin cancer – what workplaces need to know about skin checks

Skin cancer action week – implement a sun protection program

Time to re-assess ‘cool’ and cover up

Police Hats

Food for thought this summer

Temperature does not determine risk

The cost of skin cancer: financial, physical and emotional

The importance of eye protection when outdoors

Seven factors affecting solar UV radiation

Myths about having a tan

Sunscreen: what’s it all about

UPF and protective clothing: what to look for

Invincibility: be honest with yourself about your risk of skin cancer

It is never too late to start, even after years of exposure

Building and vehicle glass: UV exposure risks

Shade in the workplace

Sun protection: how to encourage change in the workplace


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 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.

Mt Maunganui Max Recorded UV 5.4
Claremont Max Recorded UV 7.7
Trigg Max Recorded UV 7.2

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