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The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz, BfS) coordinates the interdisciplinary "UV Protection Alliance". The Alliance is a cooperation of well-known societies, organisations and authorities from radiation protection, medicine, science and occupational safety who are committed to UV protection for years. The Alliance advocates for a responsible handling with UV radiation. Objective of the Alliance is to reduce in the long term the number of new skin cancer cases and other adverse health effects caused by UV radiation.

Why a UV Protection Alliance?

In spite of the proven health risks of UV radiation, the appropriate UV protection is still not a matter of course. The risk remains underestimated.

Networking of the main players in the field of UV protection is an important step towards an improved risk perception of the public. Joint statements and recommendations issued by many well-known organisations, institutions, associations and societies in science, medicine and health education are more effective than the same message coming from single actors with different wording.

What does the UV Protection Alliance do?

During interdisciplinary expert talks, the Alliance partners discuss the current state of scientific knowledge, pool the findings on the effects of and the protection against UV radiation and prepare generally understandable information on health consequences. The Alliance partners also develop practicable UV protection measures and promote their implementation for a meaningful and effective UV protection.

Current Activities

In 2017, the Alliance published the position paper "Prevention of health damage caused by the sun - Structural prevention in urban and rural areas".

Structural prevention aims at changing the technical, organisational and social conditions of the social setting and environment so that diseases can be prevented. In order to avoid health damage caused by too much sun, the living and working environment of people should be designed in such a way that all those who are outdoors can avoid high UV exposure and also - as far as possible with UV-minimising measures – heat stress. Thus, for example shade-providing places can be set up, and daily routines as well as work processes can be adapted to the current UV exposure. The public display of the current UV index (sunburn-effective UV irradiance) can be helpful in doing so.

With this paper, the UV Protection Alliance addresses the relevant decision-makers, including ministries and authorities at federal and state level, social insurance carriers, trade unions, employer' liability insurance associations, organisations of employers, responsible bodies of public institutions, training or training-coordinating organisations as well as the media. The aim is to establish protective measures against high UV exposure outdoors in a joint co-operation and by using the means and possibilities available to the individual addressees.

The UV Protection Alliance Partners

Since its foundation in 2011, the number of partners in the UV protection Alliance has increased. Currently, the following 20 companies, organizations and authorities cooperate:

State of 2018.04.25

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