Sunscreen is not just a beach holiday requirement!

Most of us have fond memories of a week at the beach over summer and our parents lathering us up with sunscreen to avoid a nasty burn!

For farmers who work outdoors it is important to remember that sun protection is an everyday necessity, not just a summer holiday requirement.

Without proper skin protection you can increase your risk of skin cancer.

Here are some simple but important steps you should take each day to ensure you are sun safe:

  • Cover up – wear clothing that covers all parts of your skin that are exposed to the sun, such as long pants and a long sleeve shirt and don’t forget a wide brimmed hat.
  • Wear sunscreen and reapply – start your day by applying a minimum 30+ SPF sunscreen and then ensure you reapply every two hours.
  • Minimise your sun exposure in the middle of the day – if possible limit the time spent in the sun between 12 and 2 pm. This is when the sun’s rays are at its strongest. If possible take a lunch break or complete inside tasks during this time.
  • Wear UV protected sunglasses – UV rays can cause eye problems. Always wear UV protected sunglasses when you are working outdoors.
  • Check your skin regularly – get to know your skin and check it regularly. Look for changes in moles, different skin colourings and markings. It is a good idea to get a full skin check-up with your doctor each year.
  • Check the UV forecast as part of your weather research – it is important to be aware of the UV forecast. When the UV index is 3 or above ensure that you are extra conscious of staying safe in the sun.

There is a large range of resources to help you stay safe in the sun. 

SafeWork NSW have a sun safety webinar available to view online.

You can find more information about staying safe in the sun here and watch Glenn’s story about surviving melanoma.