Solar UV radiation is the single most significant source of UV radiation and can reach a person on the ground from three sources, directly from the sun, scattered from the open sky and reflected from the environment.
This Radiation Protection Standard limits the occupational exposure to ultraviolet radiation for artificial sources in the workplace, considered to be a controlled environment and provides guidance on minimising a person's exposure to uncontrollable sources of UVR, such as the sun.
There is well-established evidence that long-term overexposure to solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun can lead to eye damage such as cataracts. Sunglasses are an effective method of UVR protection for the eyes.
There is well established evidence that exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun can lead to skin cancer. Clothing is a very effective method of sun protection when used with a combination of other protective measures.
ARPANSA respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, their cultures, and to Elders past and present.