Anatomical UV Exposure in French Outdoor Workers.

TitreAnatomical UV Exposure in French Outdoor Workers.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsVernez, D, Koechlin, A, Milon, A, Boniol, M, Valentini, F, Chignol, M-C, Doré, J-F, Bulliard, J-L, Boniol, M
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Date Published11/2015
ISBN Number1536-5948 (Electronic)
Mots-clésFrance, Occupational Exposure, Occupational Exposure/statistics & numerical data, Ultraviolet Rays

BACKGROUND: Solar ultraviolet has been recognized as the main causative factor for skin cancer and is currently classified as a carcinogenic agent by International Agency for Research on Cancer.

METHOD: Results from a previous phone survey conducted in 2012 in France were used to assess exposure conditions to sun among outdoor workers. Satellite data were used in combination with an exposure model to assess anatomical exposure.

RESULT: The yearly median exposure of the outdoor worker population is 77  kJ/m2 to 116  kJ/m2. Road workers, building workers, and gardeners are the more exposed. About 70% of the yearly dose estimate is due to the cumulative summer and spring exposures.

CONCLUSIONS: This study highlights the role of individual factors in anatomical exposure and ranks the most exposed body parts and outdoor occupations. Prevention messages should put emphasis on spring exposure, which is an important contributor to the yearly dose.


Publication types: Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't Publication Status: ppublish

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Alternate JournalJ. Occup. Environ. Med.
Citation Key / SERVAL ID6417
Peer reviewRefereed
PubMed ID26539767


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