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Approximately 50 people die each year as a result of being exposed to the sun at work.

Author: Roxanne Bradley
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In car sales, it’s likely you will have a employee for the sole purpose of valeting vehicle’s.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) have identified approximately 50 people die each year as a result of being exposed to the sun at work.

In car sales, it’s likely you will have a employee for the sole purpose of valeting vehicle’s.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) have identified approximately 50 people die each year as a result of being exposed to the sun at work. 250 cases of malignant melanoma (skin cancer) are registered each year by those working outside.

As of yet, there has been no precedent cases regarding employers liable/found guilty of failing to protect their staff from the harmful effects of the sun however the IOSH are currently pushing hard on the subject of occupational cancer.

Therefore, its advisable to take a reasonable approach to help keep staff healthy and will protect you just in case the Courts do start allowing employers to be liable. (as we saw with asbestos and employers being liable)

The IOSH advises not to provide sun protection creams – as doing so could open up cases if the creams cause irritations or reactions. They do however advise to try and minimise exposure to direct sunlight and don’t allow staff to strip off their clothing! It should e encourages to wear loose fitting long sleeved tops and trousers.

The more information and warnings you provide your staff on the risk to sun exposure, the more you can show you have taken a reasonable approach to your staff’s health.

250 cases of malignant melanoma (skin cancer) are registered each year by those working outside.

As of yet, there has been no precedent cases regarding employers liable/found guilty of failing to protect their staff from the harmful effects of the sun however the IOSH are currently pushing hard on the subject of occupational cancer.

Therefore, its advisable to take a reasonable approach to help keep staff healthy and will protect you just in case the Courts do start allowing employers to be liable. (as we saw with asbestos and employers being liable)

The IOSH advises not to provide sun protection creams – as doing so could open up cases if the creams cause irritations or reactions. They do however advise to try and minimise exposure to direct sunlight and don’t allow staff to strip off their clothing! It should e encourages to wear loose fitting long sleeved tops and trousers.

The more information and warnings you provide your staff on the risk to sun exposure, the more you can show you have taken a reasonable approach to your staff’s health.

Roxanne Bradley

Legal Advisor

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