671 Exposure of employees in the german transport industry to solar uv radiation

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Abstract

Introduction

In Germany, the number of skin cancer diseases, which is caused by ultraviolet radiation (UV radiation) of sunlight, increases considerably. The exposure to solar UV radiation can be effected outdoors during a professional activity. But reliable data about the level of UV radiation exposure are missing.

Introduction

In the research project ‘skin cancer induced by UV radiation’, initialized and realised by the German social accident insurance, the actual exposure should be identified under realistic working conditions. The objective is to create a task-related exposure matrix.

Methods

From april till october 2015, UV radiation was determined in different groups of occupational activities. 18 people were involved, who were exclusively working at the airport ramp including handling agents (passenger handling), handling agents (cargo handling), turn round coordinators (TRC), turn round supervisors and gardeners. During their daily working hours they wore an electronic dosimeter, which is fixed at an arm mount and determines the erythemal exposure radiation. The data were recorded and anonymously transferred to a server.

Result

During summer, the UV exposure of occupational groups is as different as their work. Compared to other occupational groups, apron workers are exposed to a medium level of solar UV radiation. Values between 129 and 322 SED were determined. Among the apron workers, the handling agents (passenger handling) get the highest erythemal exposure.

Discussion

Sun protection has to be adapted to the expected UV exposure of the different occupational groups. The data can be used for the development of tailor-made prevention measures.

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