Outdoor workers exposed to high temperatures and the sun for long periods are at risk of sunstroke, sunburn and heat exhaustion. Sunstroke or heatstroke is more likely when heavy physical work is being done. To avoid these effects:
Exposure to excessive sunlight can cause skin rashes or skin burns. Ultraviolet radiation in sunlight can also cause skin cancer. Fair-skinned people who do not develop a suntan quickly, are most at risk. Avoid excessive exposure to sun by covering bare skin with lightweight material and taking frequent rest breaks in the shade. Sun protection creams may also help.
|Note: This content is provided as general background information and shouldn’t be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Whilst it was correct at the time of publication, regulations do change and the situation may now be different. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, or another trusted advisor before taking any action.
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