Did you know?
In Australia, a major heatwave can cause more deaths than bushfire, cyclones, earthquakes, floods, and severe storms combined.
UV exposure risk
Australia has some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. It is estimated that at least two in every three Australians will be affected by skin cancer before the age of 70.
It is estimated that outdoor workers receive five to 10 times more UV exposure in a year than indoor workers. As exposure increases, the risk of developing skin cancer also increases.
Cancer Council Australia estimates that approximately 200 melanomas and 34,000 non-melanoma skin cancers per year are caused by occupational exposure.
As we head into Summer, the risk of heat-related illness increases. Electrical work is often carried out in the roof space and other poorly ventilated spaces, where the heat is super-charged and poses a risk for workers that needs to be managed carefully.
How do I reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses?
Here are some easy steps to help control risks and protect yourself when working in a high temperature environment.
How can I reduce the risk of UV exposure?
When it comes to reducing the risk of UV exposure, we need to think UV rather than heat – you can’t feel or see UV in the same way as you can see the sun and feel the warmth. That is why you need to refer to the UV index for your work location every day, and plan accordingly.
An easy way to check the UV index in your area of work are via Cancer Council’s free SunSmart app or the BOM Weather app.
How to protect yourself
Don’t forget to ask your Field Officer for your sun-related PPE
EGT provides apprentices with:
If you need any of the above, ask your Field Officer or pop into the EGT office.
• EGT Policies – Apprentice Uniform & PPE Policy and Risk Assessment Policy.
• External - Sunsmart, Cancer Council and Safe Work Australia.
For further information regarding this Safety Alert, please contact EGT on (08) 6241 6100 or speak with your Field Officer.