Don't wait for summer


SunSmart worker

You might know about the sun’s sting in summer, but did you know UV is a year-round risk for the construction industry?

Unfortunately, just 8% of construction workers are properly protected from UV damage on the job.*

Don’t wait for summer to be SunSmart. Join our campaign to get UV safety on the agenda today.

Join the campaign

Now’s the time to remind everyone on your site of the importance of UV safety. Download the resources below for your jobsites and let your team know why you’re not waiting for summer.

Show us the SunSmart steps you’re taking by sharing your photos and stories on social media with the hashtag #dontwaitforsummer. Visit our Facebook page for posts and ideas.

Request a campaign kit by emailing sunsmartworkplace@cancervic.org.au

Why should I get involved?

When you work outdoors, you’re exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation every day.

Over time, all this time in the sun adds up – placing you at high risk of developing a skin cancer.

That’s why UV is a year-round risk, and why you can’t wait for summer to be SunSmart at work.

Scott’s story

In just one year carpenter Scott Roediger lost his brother and a close friend to melanoma. His brother Gavin was just 30 years old. His friend Graeme was just 43.

Scott wants anyone working outdoors to get SunSmart, and take better care of their skin.

“Young blokes are difficult. They don’t want to put a hat on if it’s not the right hat, but it’s not rocket science to put sunscreen on or to wear a broad brimmed hat,” Scott said.

“For my part, it sucks that I needed a life or death situation to make me realise what’s important. I’d like to help young blokes realise it’s cool to have sunscreen slapped over your face and it doesn’t matter what you look like, but it’s not cool to have to go to hospital and have cancer.

“Far too many people just don’t realise the risks associated with not being smart in the sun because they either don’t care – or they think it’s not going to happen to them.

“Wearing a broad brimmed hat, using sunscreen and wearing a rashie at the beach all need to become the cool thing to do.

“The bottom line is these simple measures may just prevent you having to go through the year I have.”

Read more here.

What else can I do?

SunSmart offers UV safety training, policy support and advice to help you create a UV-safe site. Find out more by emailing sunsmartworkplace@cancervic.org.au or call us on (03) 9514 6419.

*Australian Work Exposure Study: Carcinogen Exposures in the Construction Industry, Safe Work Australia, 2016

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