Cancer Council Australia - SunSmart Workplace Program

Monday, 18 May, 2009 - 10:00
Industry news


Dear SIA Members

The sun is a deadly risk for outdoor workers; ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a known carcinogen and an estimated 1.2 million Australians who work outdoors face an increased risk of skin cancer.

Training about the risks of sun exposure is now affordable and accessible, with Cancer Council Australia's ‘Working Safely in the Sun', a national online training course from the SunSmart Program.

The course, developed in partnership with online training specialists, iCourses, is designed to provide employers across Australia with a flexible training option to ensure outdoor workers and Health and Safety (H&S) professionals learn about the hazards of sun exposure in the workplace, how to protect themselves and when its safe to get UV for maintenance of vitamin D levels.

Workers can learn at their own pace, in their own workplace and at a time that best fits a busy work schedule - anytime throughout the year.

The course includes information on UV radiation, skin cancer, and a balanced approach to sun protection.  Go to for further information and registration details.

For advice, support services and resources, call Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 or visit - click on the links to information and services provided by your state or territory Cancer Council. .

Kind regards

Natalie Russell
Workplace Coordinator - SunSmart Program
Cancer Council Victoria