Sun Protection Policy for Outdoor Workers
This policy aims to:
- Provide appropriate sun protection control measures to ensure a safe working environment.
- Provide ongoing education that promotes personal responsibility for skin cancer prevention.
Quadracon will conduct a risk assessment to identify workers who have a high risk of exposure to UV radiation, and to identify work situations where exposure to UV radiation occurs.
Quadracon will reduce workers’ exposure to UV radiation by requiring the use of sun protection measures by outdoor workers whenever the UV Index is 3 and above, and at all times when working outdoors for extended periods, in alpine regions, or near highly reflective surfaces.
Management will where possible:
- Provide shaded areas or temporary shade for work.
- Encourage workers to move jobs to shaded areas.
- Provide indoor areas or shaded outdoor areas for rest/meal breaks.
- Consider applying window tinting to work vehicles.
- Move work away from reflective surfaces such as concrete slabs.
- Identify and minimise contact with photosensitising substances such as coal tar derivatives, dyes and chlorinated hydrocarbons.
When UV levels are 3 and above, management will where possible:
- Schedule outdoor work tasks for earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon.
- Schedule indoor/shaded work tasks to occur in the middle part of the day.
- Encourage workers to rotate between indoor/shaded and outdoor tasks to avoid exposing any one individual to UV radiation for long periods of time.
Personal protective equipment and clothing
Workers who work outdoors will be provided with the following personal protective equipment, which must be worn when working outdoors:
- • Long-sleeved shirt with a collar made from material with a ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of 50+.
- Trousers (or knee-length shorts) made from UPF50+ material.
- A sun-protective hat that shades the face, head, ears and neck, is made from UPF50+ material, and is in a broad-brimmed, bucket or legionnaire style.
- Attachable brims and neck flaps when wearing a hard hat.
- Broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30+ or higher, that is applied generously 20 minutes before going outdoors so that it can be absorbed, and reapplied at a minimum of every two hours. Sunscreen should be stored in a cool place (below 30°C) to prevent deterioration and reduction in effectiveness.
- The expiry date on the bottle should also be checked and adhered to.
- Sunglasses that are close fitting, have a wrap-around style and have an eye protection factor of 9 or 10, or meet Australian Standards (AS/NZS 1067:2003) or safety glasses (AS/NZS 1337.1:2010).
- A lip balm containing SPF30+ or higher is also recommended.
Education and training
- Provide training to workers to enable them to work safely in the sun.
- Ensure that training is provided as part of induction for new workers.
- Ensure that workers are provided with information to effectively examine their own skin.
- Ensure that managers and supervisors act as positive role models.
- Adopt sun protection practices during all company social events.
- Ensure that the sun protection policy and requirements are made available to staff, contractors and visitors.
- Monitor the use of sun protection control measures to ensure compliance.
- Initiate standard company grievance procedures if a worker fails to comply with sun protective control measures.
- Ensure that injury reporting procedures are followed when an incident of sunburn or excessive exposure to UV radiation occurs in the workplace.
- Cooperate with all measures introduced by management to minimise the risks associated with exposure to UV radiation.
- Comply with instructions and advice in regards to the use of sun protection control measures.
- Participate in sun protection education programs.
- Act as positive role models.
- Be responsible for their own sun-protective practices at work.
This policy will be reviewed on a regular basis, or at least every two years.