IOM paper published on sun-safety behaviour

09.01.2020

IOM Scientists Shaz Rashid, Hilary Cowie Alice Davis, Peter Ritchie, and Prof John Cherrie  are amongst the co-authors of a paper entitled "Nudging construction workers towards better sun-safety behaviour: summary of the evidence for practitioners", published in Policy and Practice in Health and Safety.

Excessive exposure to solar ultra-violet (UV) radiation can cause skin cancer, but inadequate exposure to sunlight limits the production of vitamin D. We report a text messaging and supportive smartphone app intervention to reduce UV exposure in the summer and promote vitamin D intake in winter. Results suggest that many workers had insufficient circulating vitamin D in winter, but for the intervention group vitamin D levels increased significantly compared to the control group. In summer, workers were exposed to relatively high UV levels, which were sufficient to importantly increase their risk skin cancer. The sun-safe intervention failed to reduce exposure to solar UV, which we attribute to an entrenched belief that a suntan is desirable. We argue that a more prescriptive risk-based approach is needed to reduce the risk of skin cancer among outdoor construction workers.

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