How To Protect Your Workforce


SLIP on sun protective clothing

SLOP on minimum factor 30, 5* suncream

SLAP on a broad brimmed hat

SLIDE on some sunglasses

SHADE from the sun whenever possible

Remember: As part of your Health and Safety Programme remember to promote the 5 S's of Sun Safety to your outdoor workers & vehicle drivers.

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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.

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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.


Remember to apply Sun Cream when working outside

Remind workers to use sunscreen on all unprotected areas of the body 15-20 minutes before going outside.  
Apply factor 30+ sunscreen with broad spectrum UVA protection to all exposed areas (face, tops of/ behind ears and arms). Re-apply every 2-3 hours, more frequently if perspiring.