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Do you need sun protection for your outdoor workers?

It has been suggested that employers should be providing outdoor workers with sun protection cream. What does the law say?

Most people are aware of the dangers of skin cancer and sunburn; however, when your employees work outside, how can they protect themselves from the sun? Sun cream is one of the easiest and most logical answers – outside of protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses – but do employers have to provide sun cream for employees?

The simple answer is no, they don’t. There is no legal obligation for employers to provide sun cream. The PPE at Work Regulation of 1992 notes that employees must be provided with suitable PPE for work conditions, and that means work conditions and weather should be taken into account.

The HSE’s guidance states that employers are to encourage staff to use sun protection cream. There’s no legal obligation to supply it. Make staff aware of the risks of working in the sun.

It is advisable that employers provide sun protection advice and training as part of any health and safety training.

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