Daylight Saving has begun, so it's officially time to get SunSmart.
Most skin cancers are caused by exposure to UV radiation from the sun's rays so we all need to be SunSmart, especially during Daylight Saving months. That means using sun protection when we’re outdoors, particularly between 10am and 4pm when the sun’s rays are most fierce.
Businesses must manage UV exposure as a workplace hazard for their people who spend some, or all, of their working day outdoors.
It’s also good practice to encourage and remind workers to be SunSmart when they head outside to take a break, walk to a meeting, or get some lunchtime exercise.
Need resources? Wellplace has that covered too. Feel free to download, use and adapt our resources, including the Sun Protection Alert board, and articles you can adapt and use in your workplace communications.
Technology to help
You can add the Sun Protection Alert on your company's website or internet. It will display the UV reading for your region so your people know when to be SunSmart.
Also, there's now a free smartphone app that will help you make decisions about how much time to spend in the sun. Using NIWA's UV forecasts, the uv2Day app shows the current UV index level, its peak value, and its progression throughout the day.
Particularly if your people spend a lot of time in the sun, consider encouraging them to download this free app.
Remember, sunburn can do more than just sting, so stay SunSmart.