Occupational UV Exposure in French Outdoor Workers

Mathieu Boniol, Alice Koechlin, Magali Boniol, Faustine Valentini, Marie-Christine Chignol, Jean-François Doré, Jean-Luc Bulliard, Antoine Milon, David Vernez
2015 Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine  
word count: 134) Objectives: Occupational 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. Median daily standard erythemal UV dose (SED) was estimated from exposure time, place and matched to satellite UV records. Results: 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
more » ... rt/social sciences workers (0.92 SED). Information and communication technology, industry and transport workers were highly exposed (above 0.70 SED). Significant factors associated with high occupational UV exposure were gender (p<0.0001), phototype (p=0.0003) and taking lunch outdoors (p<0.0001). Conclusion: This study identified expected occupations with high UV exposure but also unexpected occupations with high exposures. This could serve as a basis for future prevention. 27 Vernez D, Milon A, Vuilleumier L et al. Anatomical exposure patterns of skin to sunlight: relative contributions of direct, diffuse and reflected ultraviolet radiation. Br J Dermatol 2012;167:383-90. 28 Vernez D, Milon A, Vuilleumier L et al. A general model to predict individual exposure to solar UV by using ambient irradiance data. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol
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