Sunburn is when your skin is burned by radiation from the sun. Sunburn can cause permanent skin damage. By the time signs and symptoms of sunburn appear, skin damage has already occurred. Not only will radiation from the sun damage your skin – it can damage your eyes and contribute to the development of cataracts.
Skin damage from the sun may be mild or severe, if there is blistering nearing 10% of the body seek medical advice. Long-term effects of repeated sunburn include premature wrinkling and increased risk of skin cancer, including melanoma.
Farmers are at great risk of getting sunburn as their work environment means they spend a lot of time outdoors and exposed to the weather.Sunburn is highly preventable and protection from sun is as simple as wearing a hat, sunglasses, long sleeve shirt and 30+ or 50+ sunscreen on skin not covered by clothing
Having sunscreen available in the workshop, in utes and machinery is bestpractice. It is ideal to apply sunscreen 20 minutes before exposure to the sun.To purchase a Broad-spectrum sunscreen that filters both UVA and UVB radiation. Go to our Safety Shop
Remember to use the combination of five simple sun protection measures during the daily sun protection times. Slip on clothing, Slop on SPF50+ or higher sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Seek shade and Slide on sunglassess.
Using the combination of five simple sun protection measures and avoiding outdoor farming tasks in the middle of the day or when UV radiation is highest, will assist in reducing the risk of skin cancer.
Slip on long sleeves and pants
Slop on 50+ sunscreen
Slap on hat
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References used for this topic page
Cancer Council Australia
National Health Service (UK)
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Research & reviews:
Medical Journal of Australia
World Health Organization (WHO)
Last updated: 15th February, 2018