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Work spaces and facilities

If your people work outdoors for all or part of the day you will need to take action to reduce their sun exposure. However, it's good practice to help your workers be SunSmart whenever they're out in the sun. 

  • Have sunscreen readily available (SPF50+ is best) and visible for people heading outdoors – especially if they work outside and/or you’re promoting lunchtime walking groups, walking meetings, walking to external meetings, etc, as ways to sit less and move more.
  • Ensure shade is available if possible, and if renovating or building a workplace, consider shade an important element in your design.
  • Use window films or consider installing blinds on windows that get a lot of direct sun. Move dedicated desks away from these windows where practical.
  • Remind workers who drive often to drive with their windows up, with their fan and/or air conditioning on, as the glass may screen some of the UV but not all. 
  • Put up posters and other resources about the need to be SunSmart, educating workers on “Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap” SunSmart messages.
  • Print out the day’s Sun Protection Alert times for your area and put it up where workers will see it (available on the MetService's homepage during daylight saving months).
  • Add the Sun Protection Alert to your workplace’s website and intranet. It will display the UV reading for your selected region.


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