Deb is a supporter of Skcin and their Sun Safe Workplaces Accreditation Scheme. As part of the scheme, Skcin has developed a free access interactive portal. This provides four simple steps to ensure that employers implement a suitable sun safe policy and education, potentially reducing their liability. In doing this, companies are able to gain recognition via the Sun Safe Workplaces accreditation for proactively fulfilling their duty of care and ultimately saving lives.
BECOME A SUN SAFE WORKPLACE.
Visit www.sunsafeworkplaces.co.uk to gain free accreditation.
Legal Obligation: In terms of UV solar exposure, employers have a duty of care to protect their employees from hazards in the workplace and according to HSE guidelines, UV radiation should be considered an occupational hazard for people who work outdoors.
The Health and Safety at Work Act makes it clear that there is a legal duty on every employer to ensure, as far as reasonably practical, the health of their employees. It also says that employers must provide “information, instruction, training and supervision” to ensure their safety.
The Management of Health and Work Regulations also require the employer to conduct a suitable risk assessment of the risks to the health of their workforce. That includes the risks from UV radiation. Source: TUC Guidance for safety representatives.