Assessing the Ultraviolet Exposure Level in Welding Workers of Sar-Cheshmeh Copper Complex

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Javad Vatani 1 , mehdi raei 2 , * , Mohamad Asadi 3

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1 PhD Student of Occupational Health, International Campus, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Biostatistics, Faculty of Medicine, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran

3 Department of Occupational Health Engineering, Faculty of Public Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: 15 (4); e93039
Published Online: November 05, 2012
Article Type: Short Communication
Received: August 11, 2011
Accepted: October 13, 2011

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Abstract

Background : Because of being exposed to a wide range of ultraviolet radiations, welders are prone to eye and skin diseases. This study aims at determining the ultraviolet exposure level in welding workers of Sar-Cheshmeh Copper Complex.
Materials and Methods : This cross-sectional study was conducted in 2010 on all welding workers of the complex using Hagner UV digital radiometer.
Results : The mean value for the received ultraviolet radiation level was 0.09±0.045 j2/cm2. The level of UV exposure was significantly different (p=0.001) for the welders working in different units of the complex. The mineworkers received the highest level of radiation (0.14 j2/cm2).
Conclusion : In this study, the ultraviolet exposure of welding workers is below the allowable threshold limit for UV radiation.

Keywords

Welding Ultraviolet radiation Eye diseases Skin diseases

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