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Posted on Feb 01, 2019

Sun protection for the building and construction industry is essential given that the work is often outside. Cancer Council Australia recommends a Sun Protection Plan (see below) for all workplaces and Incolink has a comprehensive Skin Checks program of which employers can take advantage. In Australia, taking care of your skin is an essential part of a good health plan.

WHY PROTECT YOUR SKIN?

Each time your skin is damaged by UV, the skin cells become less able to repair which increases the risk of skin cancer. Skin cancer is a potentially life-threatening disease of the body's skin cells. The sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation is the main cause of skin cancer.

Using sun protection during high UV times will reduce damage and cut your cancer risk – and it's never too late to start. No matter how old you are, using sun protection will cut your risk of skin cancer.

Ways to protect yourself

A combination of five sun protection behaviours should be used in the workplace.

  1. Slip on sun protective clothing
  2. Slop on SPF 30 or higher sunscreen. Apply sunscreen liberally to clean, dry skin at least 20 minutes before you go outside and reapply every two hours.
  3. Slap on a hat. A broad-brimmed, legionnaire or bucket-style hat provides good protection for the face, nose, neck and ears. Baseball caps and visors do not provide enough protection.
  4. Seek shade, especially in the middle of the day
  5. Slide on some sunglasses. Sunglasses should be worn outside during daylight hours. Choose closefitting wrap-around sunglasses that meet the Australian Standard AS 1067.

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