Variability in the annual erythemal ultraviolet exposure of school children in south east Queensland

Kimlin, Michael G. and Parisi, Alfio V. and Mainstone, John S. (2000) Variability in the annual erythemal ultraviolet exposure of school children in south east Queensland. Radiation Protection In Australasia, 17 (2). pp. 15-25. ISSN 1444-2752

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Schoolchildren in south east Queensland, Australia are potentially exposed to high levels of solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation. However, little data has been collected on the amount of the annual UV exposure schoolchildren may receive whilst at school and the overall protectiveness of items such as hats. In this present study, the highest recorded lunchtime meal break UV exposure on a horizontal plane was 6 MED (minimal erythemal dose) in a 45 minute meal break in summer during February. For the same time period the highest UV exposure on the nose was 1.5 MED. The annual UV exposure of schoolchildren to the nose could be reduced by up to 50% if a hat were to be worn at all times whilst outdoors. This study also presents information on the UV exposure during various meal breaks and school sporting activities.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2000 Australasian Radiation Protection Society
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:47
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2016 23:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: solar UV; ultraviolet; UV; solar radiation
Fields of Research : 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: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970102 Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences

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