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J Occup Environ Med. 2017 Nov;59(11):1089-1094. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001140.

Determinants of Sunburn and Sun Protection of Agricultural Workers During Occupational and Recreational Activities.

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University Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (IUMSP), Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) and University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland (Ms Backes, Dr Bulliard); Institute for Work and Health (IST), University of Lausanne and Geneva, Lausanne, Switzerland (Ms Backes, Mr Milon, Dr Vernez); International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France (Ms Koechlin); and University of Strathclyde Institute for Global Public Health at iPRI, International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France (Ms Koechlin).

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to identify determinants of occupational sunburn in agricultural workers and assess their occupational and recreational sun protection habits.

METHODS:

Specific surveys of agricultural workers in Switzerland and France were conducted (Nā€Š=ā€Š1538). Multivariate logistic regressions identified occupational sunburn determinants. Occupational and recreational sun protection habits were estimated and correlated.

RESULTS:

One-year occupational and recreational sunburn prevalences were 19.8% and 11.5%, respectively. Occupational sunburn increased with having a recent recreational sunburn, highly sensitive skin, young age, high perceived skin cancer risk, using sunscreen, and not wearing a hat. Correlation between protection habits during work and leisure was substantial (rs 0.5 to 0.7). Skin health knowledge was high and pro-tanning attitude moderate.

CONCLUSION:

Potentially modifiable sunburn determinants and suboptimal recreational and occupational sun protection practices were identified in agricultural workers. Refining and tailoring sun protection messages targeting the agricultural sector are needed.

PMID:
28858909
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0000000000001140
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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