Outdoor workers in Australia receive five to 10 times more sun exposure than indoor workers, placing them at an increased risk of skin damage and skin cancer .
In Australia it is estimated that approximately 200 melanomas and 34,000 non-melanoma skin cancers per year are due to occupational exposure to UV.
Victorian health and safety legislation requires employers, so far as practical; to provide and maintain a working environment that ensures the health and safety of all workers. Workers must cooperate with their workplace's efforts to ensure their own health and safety, and that of other people.
Between 2000 and 2009, a total of 1360 workers' compensation claims for sun related injury/disease were made in Australia, at a total cost of $38.4 million.
Developing a comprehensive workplace sun protection program will help to protect your workers and minimise the risk of costly lawsuits in the future.
Indoor workers can be at risk of not getting enough sun for vitamin D.