Don’t become one of the 2 in 3 Australians diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70.
Each year in Australia, around 200 melanomas and 34,000 non-melanoma skin cancers are caused by occupational exposure to UV radiation.
If that’s not enough of a hint…
- Around 80% of all newly-diagnosed cancers are skin cancers.
- Between 95 and 99% of skin cancers are caused by UV radiation.
- GPs have almost 1 million patient consultations per year for skin cancer.
Don’t want to become another statistic? Watch the full video below.
When your office is the outdoors, working safe isn’t just about the hard hat.
It’s as easy as…
- Slip on sun-protective clothing to cover as much of your skin as possible. Choose long pants and long-sleeved collared shirts.
- Slop on SPF30 or higher sunscreen. This is the last line of defence for the parts of the body which cannot be covered any other way. Reapply at least every two hours!
- Slap on a broad-brimmed hat, not a cap. Brim attachments are available for hard hats and helmets. Legionnaire-style hats are a good alternative if a broad-brimmed hat doesn’t suit your type of work, because they protect the ears and neck.
- Seek shade. Reduce your exposure to the sun with shade whenever possible, especially during breaks. This will also help reduce your likelihood of heat stress.
- Slide on some sunglasses – close-fitting, wrap-around styles are best.
Did you know?
Even when it’s overcast, the UV radiation can still have damaging effects and increase your long-term risk of developing skin cancer.
Work safe outdoors
- Work-related disease or injuries have a huge impact on the Australian community. Yet skin cancer is one workplace injury that can be easily prevented.
- Outdoor workers receive up to 10 times more exposure to UV radiation than indoor workers, which means their risk of skin cancer is much higher.
- If you work outside, you need to take sun safety seriously all year round.