Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 19741 states that it is the duty of every employer "to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees". This means that employers must ensure their employees can work safely, and without risk to their health, and includes unprotected exposure to UV radiation.
Section 2 also makes clear that employers should provide "information, instruction, training and supervision as is necessary to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety at work of his employees". This means that employers are legally bound to inform their employees of the dangers that spending time in the sun can bring.
Under section 7 of the Act, employees have a responsibility for their own safety and health, and to "cooperate... as far as is necessary to enable that duty or requirement to be performed or complied with". This means that if an employer implements UV-protection policies and provides sun-protective measures for their employees, staff must conform.
Under section 9 of the Act2, the employer is unable to charge employees for products, such as sunscreens or protective clothing, or training concerned with sun protection.