Nov 09, 2023

Staying Sun Smart this Summer

Sun Safety is essential for all Agri Labour Australia candidates, especially for those working outdoors. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, and UV radiation can cause sunburn, premature ageing, and skin cancer.

Sun safety is important for everyone, but it’s especially important for people who work outdoors, such as farmers and agricultural workers. It’s not just about protecting your skin, it’s about safeguarding your health and well-being.

  • Summer can be a busy time of year, but it’s important to take care of yourself and stay sun smart by following these tips:
  • Start your day with a generous application of sunscreen to all exposed skin, including your face, ears and neck. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more often if you are sweating or swimming.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes from the sun.
  • Take breaks in the shade throughout the day.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
  • Avoid strenuous activity in the hottest part of the day.
  • Ensure that your colleagues or team members are also aware of sun safety practices.

Dangers of Sunstroke

Sunstroke, also known as heatstroke, is a serious medical condition that can occur when your body temperature rises too high. It can lead to organ damage and even death. Symptoms of sunstroke include:

  • high body temperature (40 degrees celsius or higher)
  • red, hot, and dry skin
  • rapid pulse
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • confusion
  • nausea and vomiting
  • seizures.

If you think you or someone else has sunstroke, speak to your supervisor or call 000 immediately.

How to Minimise Your Risk of Sunstroke

There are a number of things you can do to minimise your risk of sunstroke, including:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
  • Wear correct PPE including long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Seek shade when you are on a break.
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses.
  • Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all exposed skin, even on cloudy days.

By following the above tips, you can stay sun smart and enjoy the summer season safely. If you have any concerns about sun safety, please talk to your doctor.


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