Reports
Reports

Nudging construction workers towards better sun safety behaviour

This project tries to have a better understanding of the barriers to adopting sun-safe behaviours in the workplace and encouraging behaviours that ensure vitamin D sufficiency.

The study investigated whether the combination of short messages delivered through smartphones text messaging to construction workers together with appropriate organisational support can influence workers’ behaviour to reduce exposure to UV radiation among those at risk of excessive exposure, and increase exposure or promote appropriate dietary changes among those who are likely to receive insufficient sun exposure to synthesise Vitamin D.

This study highlights the pivotal role that the construction industry should play in leading sun safety on-site and in taking an initiative on workforce health and wellbeing related to vitamin D.

IOSH’s Safety, Health and Environment for Construction Site Managers and Safety, Health and Environment for Construction Site Workers course provide step-by-step guides to understanding the risks and can help you meet your safety, health and environment obligations.