Battling Sun Poisoning: A Comprehensive Worksite Guide to Prevention & Treatment

Battling Sun Poisoning - PRYME AUSTRALIA

As the temperatures rise across Australia and New Zealand, the workforce is gearing up for outdoor activities. However, with the sun’s intensity in this region, it’s crucial to be aware of potential risks, particularly sun poisoning. Let’s delve into what sun poisoning is, its symptoms, and specialised strategies for the Australian and New Zealand workforce, highlighting the importance of protection through Sqwincher Hydration, Ergodyne Cooling PPE and the Australian-Made Sunscreen, Maxiblock.

Understanding Sun Poisoning

Sun poisoning, also known as severe sunburn or sun-related erythema multiforme, is a severe reaction to the extreme ultraviolet (UV) rays prevalent in the Southern Hemisphere. Given the geographical location, the workforce in Australia and New Zealand is particularly susceptible to prolonged sun exposure and its adverse short-term and long-term effects.

Workers exposed to the sun for extended periods may experience symptoms, ranging from redness, blistering, and peeling to more severe conditions such as fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, and dehydration. For those toiling under the harsh Australasian sun, these symptoms can be more pronounced and pose a considerable threat to occupational health.

It’s essential to differentiate sun poisoning from sunstroke. Sunstroke, also known as heatstroke, occurs when the body’s internal temperature rises to dangerous levels. Symptoms of sunstroke include headaches, dizziness, confusion, loss of consciousness, and seizures. While sun poisoning affects the skin, sunstroke impacts the body’s internal temperature regulation.

Preventive Measures

Prevention is key to avoiding the harmful effects of sun poisoning. Here are some simple steps to protect yourself:

  • Limit exposure during peak hours (10 am to 4 pm)
  • Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and hats
  • Use sunscreen with at least SPF 30, reapplying every two hours (more frequently if swimming)
  • Stay in the shade whenever possible
  • Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water

The workforce in Australia and New Zealand can take specific measures to protect themselves from sun poisoning:

  • Maxiblock Sunscreen: Safeguarding against the harsh effects of UV rays is of utmost importance. It is imperative for the workforce to rigorously adhere to UV safety protocols, which involve minimising sun exposure during peak hours, donning protective clothing, and using Australian Made sunscreen like Maxiblock with a high SPF. Additionally, seeking shelter in shaded areas contributes significantly to preventing sun poisoning, making these measures even more crucial for the well-being of the workforce.
  • Sqwincher Hydration: Given the extreme conditions, staying hydrated is paramount. Sqwincher Hydration, with its electrolyte-rich formula, provides a crucial defence against dehydration caused by prolonged sun exposure.
  • Ergodyne Cooling PPE: Equipping the workforce with Ergodyne Cooling PPE, such as cooling vests, towels or bandanas, can significantly reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses and aid in recovery from sun poisoning. These innovative solutions help maintain a comfortable body temperature even in scorching conditions.


As the Australian and New Zealand workforce embraces the summer temperatures, understanding and mitigating the risks of sun poisoning is paramount. By incorporating specialised solutions like Sqwincher Hydration, Ergodyne Cooling PPE and Maxiblock Sunscreen into workplace safety practices, employers can ensure the well-being of their workforce, promoting a healthy and productive outdoor work environment.

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