June 30, 2022

New App Helps Outdoor Workers Avoid Overexposure to UV Radiation

A new mobile app called SunSmart Global UV is intended to help outdoor workers and others avoid excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and know when to use sun protection. The app works by providing daily UV levels for searchable locations worldwide as well as times when sun protection is required. SunSmart Global UV was developed by Cancer Council Victoria, a nonprofit organization in Australia, and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, a government agency. The World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization (ILO), the World Meteorological Organization, and the United Nations Environment Programme are jointly launching the app, according to an ILO press release.

SunSmart Global UV is based on the UV Index, which indicates the expected risk of overexposure to UV radiation from the sun at the earth’s surface on a scale of 1 to 11. ILO explains that modifying outdoor activities and using sun protection are recommended when the UV Index is 3 or above.

“The higher the index value the greater the potential for damage to the skin and eyes and the less time it takes for harm to occur,” ILO’s press release states. “UV damage is cumulative, and UV can be harmful when people are exposed for long periods—even at low levels.”

The SunSmart Global UV app is available for free on iOS and Android devices. Learn more about the app’s development on ILO’s website.