You should minimise risks from working in the sun by taking necessary precautions.
Tips for workers
- Avoid or minimise your exposure to direct sunlight in the middle part of the day.
- Ensure you regularly swap job roles, so you spend some time in the shade.
- Use heavy duty cover when working outdoors.
Take rest breaks in shaded areas or indoors.
- Use protective films or tints on plain glass vehicle windows when driving in high-ultraviolet (UV) months.
- Use air-conditioning to help cool areas and your skin.
- Raise awareness of solar radiation to colleagues through toolbox talks.
- Wear long-sleeved, loose-fitting tops and trousers when working outdoors.
- Wear wide-brimmed hats that shade the face, head, ears and necks.
- Choose a safety helmet with a fitted neck flap if a safety helmet is required to carry out work.
- Wear sunglasses or UV-filtering safety goggles.
- Frequently apply high-factor sunscreen to body parts that cannot be covered, such as hands, face, and lips.
- Do regular checks to look out for moles or other skin differences. You should look for:
- new growths
- changes in shape, size, colour or texture of existing moles or spots
- sores or spots that do not heal
- spots that look different to other spots in the same area.
Report any concerns to your manager, a medical professional, or your workplace occupational health provider.