Viticulturists with a measuring unit on the upper arm

Viticulturists employing the GENESIS-UV electronic data logger/dosimeter during the measurement campaign
Source: IFA

People have worked outdoors in large numbers since time immemorial, whether in construction, agriculture or other areas, and are exposed there to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. UV radiation is a part of our everyday lives. Exposure to it should however be reduced to a minimum, since UV radiation is able to induce skin cancer. Owing to the demographic development of the population and changes in the environment caused by depletion of the ozone layer, a substantial increase in the incidence of skin cancer can be anticipated for the future. The actual level of risk to certain occupational groups in this respect can be estimated only by means of task-specific exposure data. Such measurement data were however not available in the past.

Co-operation in GENESIS-UV

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Principle of operation of the GENESIS-UV measurement system. Each test subject is equipped with a unit that is capable of autonomous measurement. At the end of each working week, the data are transferred by a mobile phone or Internet connection to a data server on the Internet where they are collected and then forwarded to the IFA. The IFA thus receives measurement data updates on a weekly basis.
Source: IFA

For this reason, the GENESIS measurement system has been used since 2014 in the GENESIS-UV project in order to measure the exposure of workers outdoors to solar UV radiation. The system is programmed to record data automatically during the relevant hours of the day. As standard, this means from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.

For this purpose, all test subjects are provided with a GENESIS unit and are able to measure the radiation almost autonomously by means of an electronic dosimeter that is worn on the left upper arm using a strap specially developed for the purpose.

Information on campaigns currently in progress
This page contains information for existing test subjects and new volunteers. Documents on campaigns currently in progress can also be downloaded.

List and profiles of occupations and tasks studied to date
For each occupation studied to date with GENESIS-UV, a task profile has been created relating it to the solar UV radiation exposure. The information relevant to work and exposure was structured for this purpose with the GENESIS-CODE developed at the IFA.

Available results
Results of measurements conducted in the evaluation period 2014 until today are already available and have been published. They can be viewed here.

Media and publications
GENESIS-UV has often been reported in the media and the literature. Podcasts on the subject of skin cancer caused by UV radiation are also available.

Contacts for the individual areas of GENESIS-UV can be found here.

Further information



Claudine Strehl, M.Sc.

Ergonomics, Physical environmental factors

Tel: +49 30 13001-3470
Fax: +49 30 13001-38001