Outdoor workers have a higher than average risk of developing skin cancer, however, 90% of skin cancer deaths could be prevented. The adoption of the simple 5 S approach when working outside contributes to this prevention significantly.
EMPLOYERS HAVE A DUTY OF CARE TO PROTECT THEIR EMPLOYEES FROM HAZARDS IN THE WORKPLACE AND ACCORDING TO HSE GUIDELINES, UV RADIATION SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AN OCCUPATIONAL HAZARD FOR PEOPLE WHO WORK OUTDOORS.
The Health and Safety at Work Act makes it clear that there is a legal duty on every employer to ensure, as far as reasonably practical, the health of their employees. It also says that employers must provide “information, instruction, training and supervision” to ensure their safety. The Management of Health and Work Regulations also require the employer to conduct a suitable risk assessment of the risks to the health of their workforce. That includes the risks from UV radiation.
Source: TUC Guidance for safety representatives.
Adopted by the World Health Organisation, the UV Index indicates on a daily basis what the UV levels are and when sun protection measures are required.
Outdoor workers need to be protected as soon as the UV index reaches 3, not just when the sun is shining.