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Document ID (ISN)107954
CIS number 08-442
ISSN - Serial title 0090-0036 - American Journal of Public Health
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mayer J.A., Slymen D.J., Clapp E.J., Pichon L.C., Eckhardt L., Eichenfield L.F., Elder J.P., Sallis J.F., Weinstock M.A., Achter A., Balderrma C., Galdino G.R., Oh S.S.
Title Promoting sun safety among US Postal Service letter carriers: Impact of a 2- year intervention
Bibliographic information Mar. 2007, Vol.97, No.3, p.559-565. Illus. 46 ref.
Abstract This study examined whether U.S. Postal Service letter carriers who were made aware of the risks from solar radiation would wear wide-brim hats and sunscreen significantly more often than those who did not receive this information. The study involved 2662 participants from 70 postal stations, divided randomly into two groups, one receiving the information (intervention group) and the other not. Evaluations were conducted at baseline, three months, one year and two years. At the three-month follow-up evaluations, the odds ratio (OR) for regular sunscreen use was 2.8 times higher among the intervention group than among the control group; at the two-year follow-up evaluations, the rate was still significantly higher (OR=2.0). Intervention group participants also had significantly higher rates of hat use, with the differences remaining consistent across all follow-ups (OR=2.9). This information should be disseminated to postal stations nationwide and possibly to other occupational groups that work outdoors.
Descriptors (primary) solar radiation; USA; postal services; limitation of exposure; outdoor work
Descriptors (secondary) skin creams; skin cancer; information of personnel; programme evaluation; risk factors; case-control study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Communications industry
Non-ionizing radiation