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Sun Protection For Construction And Other Outdoor Workers


WorkSafe in the sun

Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer in the world with more than 380,000 people treated for the disease every year. At least one out of every two Australians will require treatment in their lifetime for various forms of skin cancer.

Construction workers have a higher risk of skin cancer than many other workers due to long periods exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from direct sunlight and UV rays reflected from nearby surfaces such as concrete.

At the end of 2003, WorkSafe began a campaign in the construction industry to raise awareness of the risk to health from overexposure to UV radiation and the need for sun protection measures in the peak exposure period (October to April)

Final report on the construction industry ultraviolet protection campaign 2003-2006

WorkSafe's campaign promoting sun protection for construction workers, which kicked off in 2003, has now concluded. Before the campaign began, 'covering up in the sun' was not something construction workers were known for. Over the last three years, there has been a dramatic turnaround in the industry's awareness of skin cancer risks and the adoption of sun-protective clothing.