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06 July 2018

Do Employers Have to Provide Sun Cream?


Simply put, the answer is no, they don’t. There is no legal obligation in UK law for employers to provide sun cream. However, it is advisable that employers provide sun protection advice and training as part of any health and safety training. Sun Block creams and lotions are often provided by many employers who go above and beyond their legal obligations as a way to looking after their staff's welfare. 

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.

To protect workers you should provide appropriate clothing, hats and eyewear. Consider limiting sun exposure by scheduling work when the sun is not at its hottest, if that is possible! Allow workers to take frequent breaks in shady areas, and provide adequate drinking water.

This guidance leaflet provides further information which could be passed onto employees.

Many thanks to Emma Walker of Walker Health and Safety who has helped us put this article together. Check out http://blog.walkersafety.co.uk to read all of Emma's interesting and useful articles on H&S.

If you would like any advice on choosing the most appropriate sun block, after sun or burn dressings and lotions for your needs, then please do contact us at sales@spservices.co.uk

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