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Skin Cancer (Melanoma)

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun is the main cause of skin cancers in New Zealand. People who work outdoors, such as farmers and construction workers, have a high risk of getting skin cancers. Even on cloudy days, the solar ultraviolet radiation level (UV light) may be sufficient to be harmful.

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Last updated 11 May 2016


On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

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