Ultraviolet Index (UVI) inside an Almería-Type Greenhouse (Southeastern Spain)
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Author/sGarcía Ruiz, Rubén Antonio; López Martínez, Javier; Blanco Claraco, José Luis; Pérez Alonso, José; Callejón Ferre, Ángel Jesús
Greenhouse workers, despite being in a space beneath a plastic cover, may be susceptible to risks associated to ultraviolet (UV) radiation in skin and eyes. The present work focuses on experimentally analysing this risk throughout a complete year. For this purpose, a network of sensors has been designed, comprising 12 UV radiation measuring stations inside the greenhouse and one outside. It is shown that the UVI risk limit established by World Health Organization (WHO) is exceeded for some particular dates and times, thus there exist risk of damage caused by UV radiation for greenhouse workers. The results allow to identify the UV risk periods for the location studied. A diagram called “UVIgram” has been created which offers weather and UV radiation information for a particular location, for each month, and also in general for the whole year. Finally, a series of recommendations and protection measures are given, highlighting the whitening of the plastic cover of the greenhouse and an ...
Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)