Variations in UV exposure due to reflected UV radiation in the urban environment

Turner, Joanna and Parisi, Alfio (2010) Variations in UV exposure due to reflected UV radiation in the urban environment. In: 35th Meeting of the American Society for Photobiology, 12-16 June 2010, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

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Excessive UV radiation exposure to outdoor workers is a serious issue, particularly when many outdoors workers generally exceed nominal safety UV exposure levels. In Australia, construction workers regularly use (UV reflective) metal surfaces in building construction, due to practicality and financial viability issues. Previous work has shown that reflection from vertical metallic surfaces can increase total exposure by approximately 20% and facial exposure by 50%. This work has been extended by considering the same situation in another season (spring) in comparison to the original study (autumn and winter). The results from spring measurements do not match those from the original study, and theories why will be presented. In addition, different orientations and combinations of vertical surfaces have been investigated, including comparing UV exposures from horizontal, vertical and inclined surfaces and exposures incurred from corners compared to exposures single vertical surfaces. The results of these investigations were varied, and through this presentation will be presented and discussed.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Speech)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions. Only abstracts published, as made available here.
Depositing User: Ms Joanna Turner
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2011 02:36
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: UV; ultra violet; reflected; reflection; urban; outdoor workers; outdoors; workers; Australia
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029999 Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9602 Atmosphere and Weather > 960299 Atmosphere and Weather not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8708

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