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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...
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...
Occupational Exposure to Pesticides With Occupational Sun Exposure Increases the Risk for Cutaneous Melanoma
Objective: The objective of the study was to examine the association between occupational exposure to pesticides and cutaneous melanoma, controlling for all possible confounders. Methods: A pooled analysis of two case–control studies was conducted in two different geographic areas (Italy and Brazil). Detailed pesticides exposure histories were obtained. Results: Ever use of any pesticide was associated with a high risk of cutaneous melanoma (odds ratio 2.58; 95% confidence interval 1.18–5.65) in particular exposure to herbicides (glyphosate) and fungicides (mancozeb, maneb), after controlling...
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...
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...
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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