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 other skin cancers per year are due to occupational exposure to UV.
Reducing UV risk in the workplace is a joint OH&S responsibility for workers and employers. Victorian health and safety legislation requires employers to take practical steps to provide and maintain a safe working environment. Workers also have a responsibility to cooperate with sun safety measures for their own health and safety, and that of other people.
SunSmart recommends that workplaces develop a comprehensive sun protection program in consultation with workers and/or representatives including:
Workplace Education Program
SunSmart offers interactive education sessions for workplaces across Victoria. All sessions are carried out by trained educators and provide the most up-to-date and evidence-based information on UV radiation, skin cancer and sun protection.
Each sessions covers:
- What is skin cancer?
- Who is at risk of skin cancer?
- UV radiation – why is it harmful?
- Vitamin D
- How to reduce exposure to UV radiation
- How to check for skin cancer
Sessions also include interactive learning activities, facilitated discussion and a range of resources for you and your employees.
A standard one hour session (including question time) costs $500 (regional and rural sessions may incur additional charges). The recommended number of participants is 15–25.
Optional inclusion of a skin scanner that reveals hidden UV damage on a person's skin costs $550 (1.5 hours including question time and half-hour use of skin scanner). The recommended number of participants is 15–25. Note: allow two minutes per person. An additional $50 is incurred for every half-hour thereafter.
SunSmart also offers an expo session with a trained educator attending your organisation with a skin scanner, a range of brochures and information sheets and a display.
Note: The skin scanner is an educational tool that demonstrates the effects of sun exposure on an individual's skin. It does not detect or diagnose skin cancers or perform any kind of skin check or skin analysis.
Sessions are GST free unless travel outside the Melbourne metropolitan area is requested.
Download a booking form and send your completed booking form to SunSmart via:
For more information contact SunSmart on (03) 9514 6419 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What other training and education options are available?
Workplace Health and Safety ‘In-Service’ session
This session, designed for groups of health and safety workers, explores the relationship between exposure to UV radiation and skin cancer. It provides information to understand and confidently address sun protection in the workplace. WHS networks, safety groups and management teams are invited to have SunSmart present this professional development session free of charge at a meeting, event or forum.
Online training for indoor workers
A free online course to help indoor workers take a SunSmart balanced approach to vitamin D and skin cancer prevention.
Sun protection for self-employed
If self-employed, it's in your best interest to look after yourself and use a combination of sun protection measures. Tax deductions are available for sun protection products if you are required to work outside. Talk to your tax advisor or the Australian Taxation Office on 13 28 61 or ato.gov.au
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