Facts and information


New Zealand has some of the strongest levels of ultraviolet radiation (UV) in the world. That's why New Zealand employers should take steps to manage employees’ sun exposure like any other workplace hazard.

Because the majority of skin cancers are caused by UV radiation, employers should reduce UV exposure to employees who spend some or all of their working day outdoors. 

It’s also good practice to encourage all employees to be SunSmart whenever they head outdoors.

Skin cancer in NZ

Skin cancer is the most common cancer affecting New Zealanders. Skin cancers are primarily caused by too much exposure to UV radiation from either the sun or UV-emitting devices such as sunbeds.

Understanding UV radiation

Levels of UV radiation change throughout the day, month and year across New Zealand. And even when the temperature is lower, skin-damaging UV radiation can still be high.

Being SunSmart wherever you are

Whether at work or play, Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap to stay SunSmart whenever you are outdoors.

Managing and monitoring workplace UV exposure

Whether workers are required to spend short or long periods of time outdoors, employers should make sure their people are safe from over-exposure to UV radiation.

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