Duty of Care

An employer’s duty of care

UV is a known carcinogen and employees that work outdoors during daytime hours (being exposed to varying levels of UV from the sun),
have a higher risk of developing skin cancer.

UV radiation should be considered an occupational hazard for people
who work outdoors. Employers therefore have a duty of care to
educate their employees about the health implications the sun can have,
the importance of appropriately protecting their skin and regularly
checking their skin for signs of change. In addition employers have a
duty to ensure the provision of appropriate protection from the sun.

There are considerable benefits and cost savings associated with the provision of sun protection and appropriate education:

  • Fewer absence days caused by the associated conditions of sunburn
  • A healthier and better-informed workforce
  • Reduced risk to employees of the UK’s most common and fastest
    rising cancer, caused by long-term exposure to the sun.
  • Due Diligence – by providing a healthy workplace environment,
    employers can protect themselves from claims and litigation.
For further information about skin cancer, how to prevent and detect the disease and to learn more about the charity Skcin, please visit: www.skcin.org
UV Forecast from the Met Office
Fri:
6
Sat:
5
Sun:
5
Mon:
5
Tue:
7

UV index in association with www.skcin.org

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