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Solar Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure among Outdoor Workers in Three Canadian Provinces
Introduction: Solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure places outdoor workers at risk of skin cancer and exposure is difficult to control. In response, the Sun Safety at Work Canada (SSAWC) project was undertaken (2014–2016). The purpose of this substudy was to characterize the UVR exposure levels of outdoor workers in the SSAWC project. Methods: Thirteen workplaces in the provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia participated in an exposure monitoring campaign (late summer/early fall 2016). Study participants were workers from power utilities and municipalities. Participants...
State of the evidence 2017: an update on the connection between breast cancer and the environment
Singly and in combination, these toxicants may have contributed significantly to the increasing rates of breast cancer observed over the past several decades. Exposures early in development from gestation through adolescence and early adulthood are particularly of concern as they re-shape the program of genetic, epigenetic and physiological processes in the developing mammary system, leading to an increased risk for developing breast cancer. In the 8 years since we last published a comprehensive review of the relevant literature, hundreds of new papers have appeared supporting this link, and in...
The risk of cataract in relation to metal arc welding
Objectives: There are indications that solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) increases the risk of cataract, but there is only circumstantial evidence that metal welding, an important occupational source of UVR exposure, is a risk factor. The objective of this study is to unravel if metal welding increases the risk of cataract. Method: We compared the risk of being diagnosed with cataract from 1987–2012 in a historic cohort of 4288 male metal arc welders against a reference group comprised of Danish skilled and unskilled male workers with similar age distribution. For the welders' cohort...
Exposition au rayonnement ultraviolet solaire: un sujet brûlant?
Le soleil peut être néfaste pour la santé de l'homme au-delà d'un certain seuil. Plus que les expositions occasionnelles, ce sont les expositions chroniques qui sont responsables de la grande majorité des cancers cutanés liés aux UV et qui touchent de nombreux travailleurs exerçant leur activité en plein air. L'exposition solaire ne doit pas être qu'une question de santé publique: elle doit également être posée dans le milieu professionnel. Source: Vernez, David, Backes, Claudine et Antoine...
Anatomical UV Exposure in French Outdoor Workers
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...
Radiofréquences et santé
Avec le développement et le déploiement des nouvelles technologies sans fil depuis une vingtaine d'années, un nombre croissant de systèmes de communication et d'interconnexions entre objets utilisent les ondes électromagnétiques dans le domaine des radiofréquences. Ainsi, il existe de nombreuses sources de radiofréquences dans notre environnement quotidien (téléphone mobile, antennes relais, Wi-Fi, etc.). Parmi celles-ci, le téléphone mobile est de loin la principale source d'exposition. Concernant la...
Risques physiques et travail
Journée de la société française de médecine du travail (SFMT), Paris, 10 octobre 2014 Cette journée de la Société française de médecine du travail (SFMT) a permis de présenter les actualités relatives à plusieurs risques physiques : les rayonnements optiques, les vibrations, les champs électromagnétiques d'origine professionnelle et environnementale et les rayonnements ionisants. Source:
Occupational UV Exposure in French Outdoor Workers
Objectives: Occupational ultraviolet (UV) exposure was evaluated in a population-based sample in France. Methods: A random survey was conducted in 2012 in individuals aged 25 to 69 years. The median daily standard erythemal UV dose (SED) was estimated from exposure time and place and matched to satellite UV records. Results: A total of 889 individuals were exposed to solar UV with highest doses observed among gardeners (1.19 SED), construction workers (1.13 SED), agricultural workers (0.95 SED), and culture/art/social science workers (0.92 SED). Information and communication technology, industry...
Sites radioélectriques de téléphonie mobile
Conception des sites et des situations de travail associées La téléphonie cellulaire s'est fortement développée ces dernières années et plusieurs dizaines de milliers de stations de base de téléphonie ont été déployées. Parallèlement, la mise en oeuvre de nouvelles technologies nécessite une évolution régulière du réseau. Dans ce contexte, les risques, déjà bien connus d'accidents du travail et de maladies professionnelles, trouvent une occasion...
Reflections on the INTERPHONE Study of Cell Phones and Brain Cancer
Many people cannot imagine life without a cell phone. Since commercial cell phone networks were first introduced in the 1980s, over half the world's population now uses them. While becoming a way of life and work, the radio frequency (RF) waves from cell phones have also been depositing energy into users' brains. With billions of people exposed to more RF energy than ever before, scientists and the public have asked if a lifetime of cell phone use might be a health risk. Source :
Mise à jour de l’expertise relative aux radiofréquences
L'Afsset recommande de réduire les expositions Face aux incertitudes l'Afsset considère qu'il convient d'agir et fait les recommandations suivantes : développer la recherche, pour lever les incertitudes qui demeurent et se tenir aux aguets des signaux nouveaux qui émergeraient ; réduire les expositions du public. Le rapport de l'Afsset met en évidence l'existence d'effets des radiofréquences sur des fonctions cellulaires, rapportés par une dizaine d'études expérimentales considérées...
Reducing health risks from the use of ultraviolet (UV) tanning equipment
HSE considers the advice in this leaflet to reflect good practice for employers operating UV tanning equipment. This leaflet gives advice on how to reduce health risks.
Ultra-violet radiation exposure from general workplace light sources
This OC revises and replaces OC 559/6. It includes information on: ultra-violet (UV) light emissions from certain types of bulbs used for general workplace illumination – tungsten halogen lamps and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) also known as low-energy light bulbs; the levels of ultra-violet radiation (UVR) exposure from the use of unfiltered tungsten halogen lamps and CFLs.

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