Approximately 60% of the day’s total carcinogenic radiation is received between 10am and 2pm (local standard time). This is typically a time when indoor workers head outside to get some lunch or take a lunch break.
Indoor workers can often have high incidental and recreational sun exposure such as during the day, on weekends and during holidays/annual leave.
It is important indoor workers understand the risks associated with UV exposure whenever they are outdoors (for work or leisure purposes), appropriate sun protection measures and early detection messages.
Cumulative UV exposure and the number of sunburns adds to a person’s skin cancer risk.
Sun protection tips
- Download the free SunSmart app to check when you need to use sun protection for your location each day.
- When heading outside for a break, choose shady spots whenever you can. If attending/working at outdoor events, make sure shade is available. UV is highly reflective so even in the shade, continue to use other sun protection measures.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat that shades the face, neck and ears. Choose a style that sits lightly on your head and allows air flow to avoid the dreaded 'hat hair'!
- Wear cool, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Grab a light wrap or layer up with shirts when going outdoors. Make sure your work uniform is sun protective.
- Apply SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen before you go outside to any parts of skin not covered with clothing. Sunscreen will last about two hours so if going outdoors frequently remember to reapply. Keep a tube of sunscreen in your desk drawer or recommend your workplace has a pump pack available in the staff bathrooms. Check the expiry date. You can apply sunscreen over your foundation. If your foundation has sunscreen in it, it may not provide enough protection (usually only SPF15) and would still need reapplication.
- Wear wrap-around sunglasses (make sure they are labelled AS/NZS 1067 or with an EPF of 9 or 10).
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