Ultraviolet exposures in different playground settings: a cohort study of measurements performed in a school population

Downs, Nathan J. and Parisi, Alfio V. (2009) Ultraviolet exposures in different playground settings: a cohort study of measurements performed in a school population. Photodermatology, Photoimmunology and Photomedicine, 25 (4). pp. 196-201. ISSN 0905-4383

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Abstract

Background: Solar erythemally effective ultraviolet measured on the face, neck, arms, hands and legs of a cohort of school children was investigated with respect to student movement about a school environment located in Southern Queensland. Methods: A total of 147 erythemally effective solar UV exposures were measured using polysulphone film dosimeters. Measurements were made on exposed skin surfaces during school hours between 8:30am and 3:05pm for the period 5 February to 4 June 2008. Results: Median seasonal erythemally effective UV exposures varied from between 0.4 to 2.7 Standard Erythema Doses (SED) for school students observing the normal school routine between winter and summer respectively. These exposures increased significantly for school activities scheduled primarily outdoors, reaching a maximum of 50 SED recorded to a vertex site measured during a school swimming carnival. Conclusion: The excessive erythemal UV exposures measured in this research have the potential to significantly contribute to the later development of melanoma and non melanoma skin cancers caused by acute and chronic cumulative exposure to solar UV in Queensland school environments. The research provides data on personal UV exposures measured in a school population engaged in daily school activities.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors Accepted Version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: Dr Nathan Downs
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2010 02:41
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: solar ultraviolet; school children; occupational exposure; dosimeters; erythema
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920117 Skin and Related Disorders
C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0781.2009.00441.x
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5430

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