Australia experiences some of the highest levels of UV radiation in the world. Sun safety is not just for the beach, we need to think about it every time we work outdoors, on our lunch break and at outdoor events.
The sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a serious health and safety hazard – especially for people who work outdoors.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies UV as a Group 1 Carcinogen, which means it's known to cause cancer in humans. This is the same risk category as asbestos and tobacco.
In Australia it’s estimated approximately 200 melanomas and 34,000 other skin cancers diagnosed each year are the result of UV exposure in the workplace.
SunSmart offers advice, training and resources for workplaces who want to learn more about how to be safe in the sun.