Workplace Sun Protection Policies and Employees' Sun-related Skin Damage

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Objectives : To investigate whether mandatory sun protection for outdoor workers in tropical regions is associated with reduced sun damage.

Methods : Survey of 26 employees working under mandatory sun protection policy was compared to survey of 21 employees working under voluntary sun protection policy.

Results : Voluntary sun protection associated with employees having more solar keratoses on dorsum of right hand (P = 0.006) and more previously excised self-reported skin cancers (P=0.008).

Conclusions : Employees working under mandatory sun protection policy had reduced sun damage, a likely consequence of less sun exposure.

Keywords: outdoor workers; policy; skin cancer; solar keratosis; sun protection

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Skin Cancer Research Group, North Queensland Centre for Cancer Research, School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville QLD, Australia.

Publication date: March 1, 2008

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