The protective nature of public shade structures in Australia

Turnbull, David J. and Parisi, Alfio and Sabburg, Jeff (2003) The protective nature of public shade structures in Australia. In: 2003 Australian Institute of Physics Postgraduate Night, 21 Oct 2003, Brisbane, Australia.


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[Abstract]: The specific nature of the role that solar UV radiation plays in the welfare of human beings is both good and bad, from helping bones absorb calcium more efficiently to the genesis of fatal skin cancers. As the publics understanding of the damaging effects associated with over exposure to UV radiation increases, shaded environments will be sought to reduce personal UV exposure. Local governments provide many shade structures at parks and sporting ovals for public use. However, the question remains of how effective are public shade structures at reducing biologically effective UV radiation throughout the year? In Australia, erythemal UV in full sun can reach levels of approximately 2.5 MED/h (where an MED is defined as the minimum erythemal dose) or more in the middle of the day during winter. Therefore, it is necessary for people that live in similar latitudes to minimise UV exposure in all climatic conditions throughout the year. Based on this research, a standard for reporting the UV protection provided by shade structures is essential for the public to make an informed decision on the efficacy of particular structures in reducing personal UV exposure.

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Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Conference publication consists of only the abstracts of papers presented at the conference. Abstract only, posted here.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:35
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: shade, ultraviolet radiation, protection
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029999 Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation

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