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Medicina y Seguridad del Trabajo

On-line version ISSN 1989-7790Print version ISSN 0465-546X


CORTES AGUILERA, Antonio Javier et al. Ultraviolet index in the workspace: a learning tool. Med. segur. trab. [online]. 2011, vol.57, n.225, pp.319-330. ISSN 1989-7790.

Introduction: Exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from sunlight is still a risk which is not fully understood. This risk, to which is subject all the general population, is especially important for outdoor workers, because to the possible exposure outside work (especially in summer months) we have to add an intense occupational exposure during many months a year. This dual risk of exposure should therefore be taken into account by Occupational Health and Safety departments: from the purely labor perspective through risk assessments and health surveillance, and from the outside work perspective through campaigns / programs to promote health. Objectives: Publicize the Ultraviolet Index (UVI) as an educational tool for the working population and integrate it in an individual and collective level for the adoption of preventive means against this risk within and outside of work. Methodology: We describe the UVI, the basic types of skin for European population, the maximum sun exposure and sun protection factor, to make the cite the recommendations based on the daily UVI, the type of skin protection factor. We also detail the steps to integrate the UVI in the company. Conclusions: The UVI is an instrument that allows us to bring understanding and make decisions based on it for all our employees in a clear and simple way.

Keywords : UV index; Ultraviolet Radiation; Occupational Health; Occupational Medicine; Occupational Health Nursing; Occupational Risk Prevention; Outdoor work; Health Promotion.

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