The Australian Workplace Exposure Study conducted by Safe Work Australia (May 2016) examined carcinogens in the construction and agriculture industries. It found workers in each industry had inadequate protection against the sun’s UV radiation, despite it being the most common cancer risk to which they were exposed.
In the construction industry, 86% of workers were exposed to UV radiation, but just 7% were adequately protected. In agriculture, 99% of workers were exposed to UV radiation, yet only 10% were considered to be adequately protected with the use of shade, clothing, a hat and sunscreen.
Outdoor workers exposed to solar UV radiation were more likely to be males and those residing in lower socioeconomic and regional areas. The occupations with the highest percentage of outdoor workers were farming, painting and plumbing. 1
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1- Carey RN, Glass DC, Peters S, Reid A, Benke G, Driscoll TR, et al. Occupational exposure to solar radiation in Australia: who is exposed and what protection do they use? Aust N Z J Public Health 2014 Feb;38(1):54-9 [Abstract available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24494947