Before discussing return to work plans for workers injured from excessive sun and heat exposure, we will turn to a range of safety eyewear provided by BOC
that is designed with UV protection in mind.
While many forms of safety eyewear are UV stabilised, and incorporate some degree of UV protection as a matter of course, this is often primarily for protection when operating welding machines and other equipment.
BOC's Umatta Redline polarised and Umatta Rev safety glasses
, on the other hand, are specifically designed to provide protection against eye injuries and the sun and are ideally suited to use by outdoor workers.
The company's Umatta Redline Polarised safety glasses feature dual, hard coating polarised lens to reduce glare from reflective surfaces, and are UV400 rated with 100% UV protection.
Umatta Rev safety glasses are also suitable for the outdoors. These lightweight safety spectacles have medium impact protection and an anti-fog and anti-scratch lens coating, and come with a UV400 rating providing UV protection.
Both the Umatta Redline Polarised and the Umatta Rev safety glasses are approved to Australia New Zealand Standards Medium Impact (UV400 AS/NZS 1337).
Now, even provided the most stringent measures are taken to protect workers from excessive heat and UV exposure, there is always a risk that a worker may incur an injury when working outdoors.
WorkCover Work Health and Safety Division General Manager John Watson noted that in the event of an injury, businesses must have adequate return to work plans for injured workers.
"Getting back to work quickly is the best outcome for an injured worker. It is important for injured workers, employers and case managers to work together to ensure sustainable return-to-work results," he said.
Mr Watson added that for those workers unable to return to their pre-injury job, WorkCover has a range of vocational rehabilitation programs to assist workers in returning to suitable employment.
In addition, WorkCover offers rebates of up to $500 to help small businesses and sole traders purchase and install safety improvements through its Small Business Rebate Program. The Program covers a broad range of safety solutions, providing small businesses with the flexibility to address specific risks such as excessive sun exposure in their workplaces.