Working in the sun 

Managing the risks of working in the sun  

Sun exposure can cause permanent and irreversible damage to the skin and eyes. Solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is the leading cause of skin cancer in Australia.

Solar UVR is a hazard when working in the sun, and exposure can be made worse when reflected off certain surfaces and materials. Solar UVR can be at hazardous levels year-round in Australia, not only in summer. 

PCBU's must manage the risks of sun-related disease and injury, including by: 

  • working indoors (where possible) 

  • working outside only during mornings, afternoons and evenings  

  • providing shade and shelter, and 

  • using sun protective clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. 

Eliminating exposure to ultraviolet radiation is the best protection. For example, complete outdoor tasks in the early morning and evening to avoid dangerous sun exposure.  

For more information on how to manage the risks of working in the sun, see the Solar UVR fact sheet and the Guide on exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation.