Special Issue "Solar UV Radiation: A Neglected Occupational Risk"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Occupational Safety and Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2020.
Interests: occupational medicine; occupational diseases; non-ionizing radiations (NIR): occupational exposure evaluation, adverse health effects in workers, and prevention; occupational skin cancer: epidemiology and prevention; visual function in workers: occupational risks to the eye, prevention
Occupational solar UV radiation (UVR) exposure certainly is one of the most widespread occupational risks, involving an enormous number of workers all around the world, but is also one of the most neglected. In fact, solar UVR can induce various acute and chronic adverse health effects, mainly (but not limited) to the skin and the eye. Solar UVR is the most important causal factor for skin cancer, including both non-melanoma skin cancer, the most frequent neoplasms in caucasians, and malignant melanoma. Furthermore, is a well-known risk factor for cataracts, still the main cause of visual impairment in the world, and for other corneal and retinal adverse effects. Outdoor workers are usually exposed to solar UV rays for the majority of their working days during their entire working life, and the effect is cumulative, considering the photochemical mechanism. Despite the fact the health risk related to solar UV is well known, no adequate preventive policies are implemented in the UN countries to protect exposed workers, including agricultural and construction workers, fishermen, gardeners, lifeguards, quarrymen, workers in the tourist sector, and others. The development of effective preventions deserves increased attention, especially on topics such as
- The evaluation of occupational solar UV exposure levels in workers;
- The epidemiology of solar UV related diseases in exposed workers;
- The mechanisms of occupational solar UV-related damage and associated factors;
- Possible preventive interventions to reduce occupational solar UV risk.
Accordingly, we invite submissions on the abovementioned topics, along with other related topics, for this Special Issue.
Prof. Fabriziomaria Gobba
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- occupational exposure
- ultraviolet radiation
- outdoor worker
- UV damage
- risk evaluation