Changes in outdoor workers' sun-related attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors: A pre-post workplace intervention

Rye, Sheree, Janda, Monika, Stoneham, Melissa, Crane, Phil, Sendall, Marguerite, Youl, Philippa, Tenkate, Thomas, Baldwin, Louise, Perina, Heather, Finch, Linda, & Kimlin, Michael (2014) Changes in outdoor workers' sun-related attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors: A pre-post workplace intervention. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 56(9), e62-e72.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To evaluate changes in outdoor workers' sun-related attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors in response to a health promotion intervention using a participatory action research process.

METHODS

Fourteen workplaces across four outdoor industry types worked collaboratively with the project team to develop tailored sun protection action plans. Workers were assessed before and after the 18-month intervention.

RESULTS

Outdoor workers reported increases in workplace support for sun protection (P < 0.01) and personal use of sun protection (P < 0.01). More workers reported seeking natural shade (+20%) and wearing more personal protective equipment, including broad-brimmed hats (+25%), long-sleeved collared shirts (+19%), and long trousers (+16%). The proportion of workers reporting sunburn over the past 12 months was lower at postintervention (-14%) (P = 0.03); however, the intensity of reported sunburn increased.

CONCLUSIONS

This intervention was successful in increasing workers' sun protective attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.

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ID Code: 77705
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Outdoor workers, sun protection, sun related attitudes, skin neoplasms, melanoma, occupational exposure, primary prevention, ultra-violet radiationu
DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000244
ISSN: 1536-5948
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Deposited On: 06 Nov 2014 22:34
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 00:19

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