Data released by The Cancer Council shows that 40 per cent of Australians don’t know which weather factors cause sunburn.
According to the study, less than 1 in 10 Australians know that sun protection is required when UV levels are 3 or above.
The new National Sun Protection Survey reveals a clear gap in Australia’s understanding of sun protection which could put people at risk.
In Autumn the temperatures may cool but UV Levels around the nation are still high enough to cause serious sunburn and skin damage that leads to cancer.
Most Australians are still relying on factors such as temperature or clouds to determine whether they need to slap on sunscreen, seek shade and wear sunglasses.
For construction workers as we spend most of our time outdoors, it’s important that we are knowledgeable about sun protection.
Employers need to provide portable shade wherever possible and provide workers with protective clothing, sunscreen and broad-brimmed hats.