There are many steps businesses can take to reduce their people's sun exposure while at work - and to help them be SunSmart away from work.
- Write and implement a Workplace SunSmart Policy. See business.govt.nz's workplace policy builder or start with the editable sample policy below.
- Plan work so people aren’t outside for long periods when the sun’s rays are most fierce (generally 10am to 4pm during daylight saving), or make sure they are working under shade.
- Make uniforms SunSmart – include wide-brimmed hats, wrap-around sunglasses and long-sleeved, collared shirts.
- Allow people time to put on sunscreen before heading outside to work (or for walking meetings, etc).
- Ensure managers lead by example by role modelling SunSmart behaviour.
- Send a daily email/alert to staff with the day’s Sun Protection Alert.
- Add the Sun Protection Alert to your own website or intranet for staff to see. Read how the Port of Tauranga did it and how it helped its workers.
- Put SunSmart messages in staff communications – including information such as the need to be SunSmart even on cool and cloudy days, and reminders to get a regular skin check.
- If you have outdoor workers, consider funding or subsidising annual skin checks, and use these resources to bust myths about sun safety and remind them to have regular skin checks.
Also read Worksafe's guidance for employers around protecting workers from solar UV radiation.