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Sunscreen Matters!

Let’s shed light on a crucial aspect of workplace safety in New Zealand – the importance of wearing sunscreen on construction and other work sites exposed to our beautiful, yet powerful, sunlight. As we all know, our country is blessed with stunning landscapes and abundant sunshine, but with great weather comes great responsibility, especially for those working outdoors.

Let's delve into why sunscreen should be a non-negotiable part of your daily routine in these environments. 

  • The Kiwi Sun : A Powerful Force - New Zealand's sun is not to be underestimated. With high UV radiation levels, even a short period of exposure can lead to harmful effects on the skin. Construction and outdoor work sites, where professionals spend extended hours, are hotspots for potential sun damage. It's essential to understand that the risks associated with prolonged sun exposure go beyond immediate discomfort; they can have long-term consequences for your health. 

  • Skin Protection as a Priority  - Construction workers and those in outdoor work sites face increased risks of skin cancer and other skin-related issues due to prolonged sun exposure. However, this risk can be significantly reduced by adopting a simple yet powerful habit – wearing sunscreen. 


Benefits of Sunscreen on the Work Site:  

  • Skin Cancer Prevention: New Zealand has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. By applying sunscreen regularly, you create a protective barrier against harmful UV rays, reducing the risk of skin cancer and other skin disorders. 

  • Anti-Aging: Sunscreen isn't just about preventing skin cancer; it's also an effective anti-aging tool. Sun damage is a significant contributor to premature aging, and regular sunscreen use can help maintain healthier, youthful-looking skin. 

  • Comfort and Well-being: Working long hours in the sun can take a toll on your physical well-being. Sunscreen not only protects your skin but also helps you stay comfortable, reducing the risk of sunburn and discomfort associated with prolonged sun exposure. 


As future professionals entering the workforce, it's crucial to prioritise your health and well-being. Wearing sunscreen isn't just a cosmetic choice; it's a proactive step toward a healthier, safer future. Auckland College of Tertiary Studies encourages all students entering construction and outdoor work fields to make sunscreen application a daily ritual, safeguarding not only their skin but also their long and prosperous careers. 

When selecting a sunscreen for your work site adventures, opt for a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher. Water-resistant formulas are also advisable, given the likelihood of sweating on the job. Remember to reapply every two hours or more frequently if sweating heavily. 

Take charge of your sun protection today – because a little sunscreen now can mean a lot less worry later! 


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