The sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a serious health and safety hazard – especially for people who work outdoors. Australia has some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world and daily UV exposure adds up to increase your risk of cancer.
In fact UV sits in the same Group 1 cancer risk category as asbestos and tobacco.
It’s estimated that approximately 200 melanomas and 34,000 other skin cancers diagnosed each year in Australia are the result of UV exposure in the workplace. And the biggest workers compensation claims related to cancer in Australia are for skin cancer.
But most skin cancer can be prevented.
Protect your workplace from the damaging effects of UV. Use our resources, training and education programs or contact us for advice.
To help workplaces address OH&S responsibilities, we’ve developed a range of UV safety training and education.
Sun protection should be used all year round when working outdoors.
Indoor workers can often have high incidental and recreational sun exposure such as during the day, on weekends and during holidays/annual leave.
View our workplace resources including booklets, flyers, posters and information sheets relating to UV, sun protection and early detection of skin cancer.