Are workers or their workplaces the key to occupational sun protection?

Vanessa Hammond, Anthony I. Reeder, Andrew R. Gray, Melanie L. Bell

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Issue addressed: High levels of sun exposure and skin cancer are experienced by outdoor workers. To develop effective preventive strategies it is important to understand which factors predict sun protection use. Methods: Outdoor workers (n = 74) in Central Otago, New Zealand, completed a questionnaire and recorded sun protection practices for five consecutive working days, January-March 2007. Results: Sun protection was predicted by beliefs of personal susceptibility to skin cancer, suntan attitudes, and perceived workplace support, but not knowledge. Conclusions: Both individual and workplace factors influence outdoor workers' sun protection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-101
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Promotion Journal of Australia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2008


  • Occupation
  • Protection
  • Skin cancer
  • Suntan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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