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Heat (Sun-Smart)

Skin cancer is a major public health problem in Australia. It is recognised, that both heat-related illness and skin cancer are preventable,  and with the application of suitable control measures, can be prevented in the workplace. To work safely in the sun, it is important to follow workplace sun protection procedures and use supplied protective equipment.

It is your responsibility, to implement a preventative strategy including the following actions:

Increasing employee awareness of:

  • skin and its associated risk factors
  • indications of heat related illness
  • the importance of applying suitable protective measures.

Providing employees with protective measures and assistance to minimise:

  • exposure to prolonged unprotected outdoor work
  • discomfort and illness associated with working in high temperatures.

Providing appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment so that all employees can carry out their tasks safely during periods of UV ray exposure or high temperatures.