Special Issue "Occupational Health and Safety: Outdoor Workers and Sun Exposure"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.
Interests: solar radiation; photobiology; non-visual effects of light; nvironmental comfort; sense of security; attention; affect
Interests: occupational health and safety; epidemiology of occupational diseases; ionizing and non-ionizing radiation exposure; occupational medicine, workers' health; prevention at workplaces; exposure to occup
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Interests: spectral and radiometric measurements; coherent and incoherent optical radiations; solar radiation exposure; chemical analysis; synthesis and purification of organic substances
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Outdoor workers are a risk category, since they are exposed to solar radiation (SR) everyday for many hours. Sun overexposure is responsible for adverse effects on the human body, such as damage to the skin and eyes, but exposure limits related to certain effects are still not defined, since they depend on many factors, including personal characteristics. Nevertheless, several methods have been proposed to define the amount of SR received by the body and guidelines have been provided by international organizations.
Sun exposure is highly variable as it is the result of many environmental factors, such as sky conditions, period of the year, time of day/night, latitude, altitude, albedo, etc. For this reason, exposure differs from one worker to another and the assessment of the received dose is personal; various methods for its estimation have been proposed in the literature, but the measure of the real dose is still an open issue. Personal protection is widely recommended, but often, outdoor workers do not use it.
In this Special Issue, we are interested in submissions in areas including, but not limited to, the measurement of SR and exposure of outdoor workers; correlations between sun exposure and the development of diseases; advances in treatments for sun related diseases, as well as in prevention and protection systems; innovations in monitoring the personal exposure of workers; definitions of new quantities, measurement systems, and techniques.
Dr. Chiara Burattini
Dr. Alberto Modenese
Dr. Andrea Militello
Prof. Dr. Giacomo Salvadori
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- radiation measurements
- exposure assessment
- adverse effects on human body
- workers protections
- technologies for workers’ safety
- overexposure prevention
- workers’ risk categories
- quantities and measurement units
- national and international standards
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Bringing light into darkness – Comparison of different personal UVR meters
Authors: Claudine Strehl; Timo Heepenstrick; Peter Knuschke; Marc Wittlich
Affiliation: Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance, Sankt Augustin, Germany.
Abstract: (1) Measuring personal exposure poses major challenges for researchers. Often the study design already determines the measuring devices that can be used. It is therefore of great importance that measuring devices produce comparable results despite technical differences and modes of operation. This applies also when former published studies have to be compared. (2) Three commonly used dosimeter types (PSF, biological and electronic dosimeter) were selected to perform intercalibration measurements. They differ in measurement principle and sensitivity, measurement accuracy and susceptibility to inaccuracies. The aim was to derive intercalibration factors for these dosimeter types. Results are discussed in the context of current measurement campaigns as well as past campaigns from the literature. (3) While a calibration factor between PSF and electronic dosimeters of about 1.3 could be derived for direct irradiation of the dosimeters, this was not the case for larger angles of incidence of solar radiation with increasing fraction of diffuse irradiation. Electronic dosimeters show small standard deviation across all measurements. For biological dosimeters, no intercalibration factor could be found with respect to PSF and electronic dosimeters. In a usecase, the relation between steady-state measurements and personal measurements has been studied – in average, persons acquired only a small fraction of the ambient radiation.