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Sunscreens: Employment

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 280954, tabled on 23 July 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to require employers to provide sun cream for employees that predominantly work outdoors.

Answered on

3 September 2019

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is responsible for regulating health and safety risks arising from work activities and has no plans to introduce additional legislation to require employers to provide sun cream to their employees.

HSE provides specific advice aimed at employers and employees on preventing health risks due to exposure to the sun at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg337.pdf and www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg147.pdf. This includes following the “APC approach” (Avoid, Protect, Check) which can help to reduce the chances of developing skin cancer, whether work related or not.

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