2012 European IUHPE Health Promotion Conference in Tallinn, Estonia

Abstract submission

TitleAwareness Of Sun Protection Policies Among Outdoor Workers Across 14 Worksites In Queensland Australia
KeywordsCancer; health promotion; policy
AbstractAim: Outdoor workers are at high risk to receive large doses of ultraviolet radiation, and efficient use of sun protection while at work is thus essential. This study assessed the awarness about sun protection policy among outdoor workers in Queensland, Australia. Data was obtained from the baseline survey before implementation of a health promotion intervention.
Methods: Outdoor workers (n=142) were recruited from 14 workplaces engaged in building and construction, farming, local government or public sector works industries, and completed a telephone interview. We assessed workers demographic and phenotypic characteristics, as well as awarness about sun protection policy at their workplace and the sun protection methods they used at work. Descriptive statistical analyses summarised workers data, and Chi-Square tests were used to compare workers aware or not aware about sun protection policy with regards sun protection methods used.
Results: The awareness of outdoor workers about a sun safe policy at the workplace differed across industry type, with 15-26% of workers unaware, and 20-53% of workers disagreeing that sun protection was reinforced at their workplace. Workers also differed in their views on responsibility for sun protection being mainly that of the workplace (67-86%) or the worker (83-100%). Comparison between workers aware or unaware of a sun protection policy highlighted variation in their use of sun protection methods.
Conclusion: Sun protection is important for workers in outdoor occupations. The proportion of workers who are aware of a sun protection policy and who use one or more sun protection methods differs between various industries. This study provides baseline data to assess the impact of a comprehenxive health promotion intervention to improve sun protection among outdoor workers who are exposed to a high ultraviolet radiation environment all year round.
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Abstract authors

Last name First name Organization Country Email
Janda Monika Queensland University of Technology AU m.janda [ätt] qut.edu.au
Stoneham Melissa Curtin University AU m.stoneham [ätt] curtin.edu.au
Crane Phil Queensland University of Technology AU p.crane [ätt] qut.edu.au
Sendall Margo Queensland University of Technology AU m.sendall [ätt] qut.edu.au
Kimlin Michael Queensland University of Technology AU m.kimlin [ätt] qut.edu.au
Baldwin Louise Queensland University of Technology AU l.baldwin [ätt] qut.edu.au

2012 European IUHPE Health Promotion Conference in Tallinn, Estonia
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