Setting-based skin cancer prevention at the workplace: A survey among German outdoor workers

Görig T, Breitbart EW, Drexler H, Diehl K (2023)


Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2023

Journal

DOI: 10.1002/ajim.23480

Abstract

Background: Outdoor workers are at increased risk of developing skin cancer. Setting-based prevention at the workplace can reduce the UV exposure of outdoor workers through appropriate technical or organizational measures. We explored the implementation of setting-based UV protection at the workplace in Germany from the perspective of outdoor workers. Methods: A Germany-wide sample of 319 outdoor workers from different employment sectors (64.3% male) was surveyed via telephone on different technical and organizational measures for UV protection at the workplace. Bivariate analyses were performed to explore associations with job-related characteristics. Results: In general, 28.0% were rarely or never provided with a place in the shade during working hours, and 27.4% rarely or never provided with a shaded place during breaks. One-third had rarely or never the opportunity to work in the shade on hot summer days. Overall, 51.9% reported receiving protective clothing from their employer, 45.5% were provided with headgear, and 25.1% with sunscreen. About one-third had often or always the option of starting work earlier in the morning on hot summer days to work less in the sun, while 18.6% had to work overtime on such days. One-third (35.4%) had been educated at work about risks of solar radiation and sun protection measures. Conclusions: Our study is among the first to present findings on the implementation of different setting-based UV protection measures at the workplace and provides starting points for employers and policy makers to improve UV protection at the workplace.

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APA:

Görig, T., Breitbart, E.W., Drexler, H., & Diehl, K. (2023). Setting-based skin cancer prevention at the workplace: A survey among German outdoor workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajim.23480

MLA:

Görig, Tatiana, et al. "Setting-based skin cancer prevention at the workplace: A survey among German outdoor workers." American Journal of Industrial Medicine (2023).

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