Sunscreen campaign for tradies
■ WA’s peak cancer group is launching a sun protection campaign aimed at tradespeople on the back of research showing only half are heeding slip, slop, slap advice.
Cancer Council research shows many Australian workplaces are still neglecting their duty of care by failing to protect their employees from harmful ultra-violet radiation.
Data from its latest national sun protection survey shows half of outdoor workers are missing out on sun protection.
Only half are given sunscreen, fewer than one in three have portable shade and only two in five are provided with hats.
The council’s national skin cancer committee chairwoman Vanessa Rock said the number of workers spending long periods outdoors unprotected was alarming.
“Over 2.5 million Australians spend half or more of their working time outdoors, yet only half say their workplace has a sun protection policy in place, ” she said.
“There has been a minimal increase in the 10 years since our first survey.” Ms Rock estimated that 34,000 non-melanoma skin cancers and 200 melanomas were linked to the workplace each year.
Cancer Council WA’s new campaign uses tradie character “Sonny Burns” to target self-employed workers and very small businesses about the need to cover up at work.
It includes a website and social media posts about UV radiation levels. SunSmart manager Mark Strickland said the workers did not have the benefit of formal occupational health programs.
“Self-employed tradies told us that they know the dangers of too much sun but that the pressure of work often meant that hats, shirts and sunscreen were left behind, ” he said.
Details at uvdaily.com.au.