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Date PostedAugust 30, 2012

Warning – Construction work Hazard: Exposure to the sun

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Researchers have found that Australia has the most number of people affected with skin cancer in the world. This is a particular concern for workers who spend a lot of time outdoors, such as construction workers. So how exactly do workers and employers manage this hazard?

Some practical measures to follow include:

  • Try to take regular breaks in the shade. Employers should provide temporary shade if there isn’t any natural shade. The sun is most harsh at midday so workers should take a break at this time and sit in the shade.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and the sensitive area around your eyes. Some safety work glasses do provide sun protection.
  • Apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every 2 hours. Use lip balm with sunscreen because your lips are also exposed.
  • Always wear sun protective clothing such as long pants and long sleeves to protect your skin from the sun. These should be a loose fit to keep you cool.
  • Wear a hat to protect the face, ears and neck.

If outdoor workers comply with these guidelines and any others provided by their employer, the extent of sun damage can be minimised.

 

Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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