Cancer Council Victoria data shows thousands of Shepparton workers exposed to sun.CHLOE WARBURTON February 12, 2014 4:44am
New data shows Shepparton has one of the largest number of workers in industries with high exposure to ultraviolet radiation outside of Melbourne.
Cancer Council Victoria SunSmart manager Sue Heward said data showed there were more than 3300 workers in Shepparton in industries where exposure to excessive amounts of harmful UV radiation was common.
‘‘Many of these workers will further increase their exposure on weekends, by spending time outside at the beach, at sportsgrounds and parks or in their backyards. We are urging employers in Shepparton to think about what steps they can take to protect their employees from the harmful effects of the sun,’’ she said.
‘‘Victorian health and safety legislation requires employers, so far as practical, to provide and maintain a working environment that ensures the health and safety of all workers. As part of this, employers should consider the risks associated with overexposure to UV for their employees.’’
Greater Shepparton City Council people performance manager Virginia Boyd said staff from various departments took part in SunSmart workplace education sessions last year.
‘‘Council and staff would recommend businesses and organisations, particularly those in regional areas with outdoor workers, consider the program as a way of educating workers about UV protection in the workplace,’’ she said.
‘‘If you have employees who spend any time outdoors during working hours, it is your responsibility to take proper steps to reduce their risk of skin cancer. These sessions are an excellent way of doing this.’’
Council occupational health and safety advisor Brian Doyle said all staff at the council must follow the working-in-extreme-weather procedure.
Daily UV alert boards were also updated, skin check appointments scheduled at certain times of the year for staff and contractors, and staff also had adequate access to cool drinking water.
Tasks and their timing were also taken into consideration on days of expected extreme weather.
‘‘We take UV procedures seriously here at council — it is all about the wellbeing of staff, not only for the short-term, but the long-term,’’ Mr Doyle said.
Today’s guest opinion column comes from former Shepparton resident and Notre Dame College alumni Joshua Nappa, who now studies economics and finance at RMIT in Melbourne. Joshua has written about the potential he sees in Shepparton reduce unemployment and help our retail sector.
Moira Shire's rate notices will be reissued, and will increase, after a calculation error resulted in an estimated shortfall of more than $500,000.
Murchison and Tatura SES units were two of 26 Victoria State Emergency Service volunteer units to receive an allocation of new equipment this week as part of the annual AAMI equipment handover program.
Leitchville-Gunbower’s Lee Pollock played his 250th game last weekend - and it was a ripping match.
Julie Sands and Sheridan Clark have been kept busy, visiting Rochester recently yo dispense free coats to residents.
Kyabram's Nick Holman set to make senior AFL debut.
Fundraising for prostate cancer would seem to be a natural fit for the Australian Defence Force.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Aommunity fair and truck show will be hosted by Heathcote Primary School next month.
Statewide roads and public transport study calls for increased governemnt funding, sparks memories of Cobram passenger rail service.
Win today and Blighty's B grade netballers will find themselves in the Picola & District Netball League grand final.
A $100 million investment program will recommence following parent company Coca-Cola Amatil's decision today to invest $78 million into SPC Ardmona.
Jack Frawley remembered for his service with the 4th light horse bridge at Lone Pine, Gallipoli and the charge of Beersheba, Palestine.
- Benalla Health signs on as a White Ribbon supporter of the campaign against domestic violence
- A magnificent 98 years for Benalla arts identity
- Benalla unveils its refurbished old shire offices which are now the Civic Centre
- Support Light the Night in Benalla next month
- Poppy Smith celebrates her second birthday, having survived a heart defect.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.