Health risks associated with excessive exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation among outdoor workers in South Africa

Show simple item record Wright, Caradee Yael Norval, Mary 2022-03-03T11:50:02Z 2022-03-03T11:50:02Z 2021-04-28
dc.description.abstract Exposure of outdoor workers to high levels of solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) poses significant, well-known health risks including skin cancer and eye diseases. In South Africa, little is known about how many workers are potentially overexposed to solar UVR and what the associated impacts on their healthmight be. In this overview, the geography and solar UVR environment in South Africa are considered, as well as the different outdoor occupational groups likely to be affected by excessive solar UVR exposure. Sunburn, pterygium, cataract, keratinocyte cancers, and melanoma are discussed in the context of outdoor workers. Few studies in South Africa have considered these health issues and the most effective ways to reduce solar UVR exposure for those working outside. Several countries have developed policies and guidelines to support sun safety in the workplace which include training and education, in addition to the provision of personal protective equipment and managerial support. Several gaps in occupational sun protection and workplace sun safety for South Africa are identified. Legislation needs to recognize solar UVR exposure as an occupational health hazard, with sun safety guidelines and training provided for employers and employees. en_ZA
dc.description.department Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2022 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The South African Medical Research Council and the National Research Foundation. en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Wright, C.Y. & Norval, M. (2021) Health Risks Associated With Excessive Exposure to Solar Ultraviolet Radiation Among Outdoor Workers in South Africa: An Overview. Frontiers in Public Health 9:678680. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2021.678680 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2296-2565 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.3389/fpubh.2021.678680
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Frontiers Media en_ZA
dc.rights © 2021 Wright and Norval. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). en_ZA
dc.subject Cataract en_ZA
dc.subject Employment en_ZA
dc.subject Environmental health en_ZA
dc.subject Skin cancer en_ZA
dc.subject Sun exposure en_ZA
dc.subject Keratinocyte cancers en_ZA
dc.subject Melanoma en_ZA
dc.subject Personal sun safety en_ZA
dc.subject Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) en_ZA
dc.title Health risks associated with excessive exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation among outdoor workers in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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