Occupational exposure to ultraviolet radiation : the duality dilemma

Kimlin, Michael G. & Tenkate, Thomas D. (2007) Occupational exposure to ultraviolet radiation : the duality dilemma. Reviews on Environmental Health, 22(1), pp. 1-38.

Accepted Version (PDF 273kB)
[img] Submitted Version (PDF 250kB)
Administrators only | Request a copy from author

View at publisher


Human exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a component of everyday life and a significant hazard for outdoor workers. In addition, a large range of artificial sources also has the potential to provide extreme occupational UV exposure. Even though the human health risks of overexposure to UV are well documented, to date relatively little is known quantitatively about UV exposure. For example, the evidence indicates that workers who are exposed to particular sources (for example, welding arcs) are exposed to extreme UV exposures, despite the use of current control measures. In contrast, increasing evidence points to significant health impacts resulting from underexposure to UV, particularly with the production (or more correctly lack of production) of vitamin D in the skin. The latter poses a serious issue for the work-force, with specific risks for workers lacking adequate sun exposure-underground miners, long-haul flight crews, shift workers, and perhaps indoor workers. Using a risk-management approach, this paper provides a comprehensive review of occupational UV sources, health impact of occupational UV exposure, occupational exposure standards, and levels of exposure in various settings, and discusses the appropriate control measures. In addition, the duality aspect of health impacts from overexposure and underexposure to UV and the associated occupational health implications are specifically explored.

Impact and interest:

14 citations in Scopus
Search Google Scholar™

Citation counts are sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

312 since deposited on 04 Jun 2007
35 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 7735
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the publisher's website (link above) or contact the author
Additional URLs:
Keywords: Vitamin D, Eye Neoplasms, Melanoma, Bone Health, Photodermatoses, Photokeratoses
DOI: 10.1515/REVEH.2007.22.1.1
ISSN: 0048-7554
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Freund Publishing House LTD.
Copyright Statement: The final publication is available at www.degruyter.com
Deposited On: 04 Jun 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 21:51

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page