Radiação ótica artificial em contexto de saúde ocupacional: a scoping review

Translated title of the contribution: Artificial optical radiation in occupational health context: a scoping review

M. Santos, C. Lopes, T. Oliveira, A. Almeida

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Introduction / framework / objectives Most workers and professionals working in Occupational Health teams will not particularly value this occupational risk factor, especially when compared with others that may also exist in the workplace; therefore, knowledge about this area is not particularly developed, nor is the bibliography abundant. The aim of this review is to summarize the most recent and pertinent publications on the subject. Methodology This is a Scoping Review, initiated by a September 2019 search of the databases “CINALH plus with full text, Medline with full text, Cochrane Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Methodology Register, Nursing and Allied Health Collection: Comprehensive, MedicLatina, Academic Search Ultimate, Science Direct, Web of Science, SCOPUS and RCAAP”. Content Many workers are exposed to this radiation, particularly through lighting and computer displays; therefore, the rule of suppressing exposure (as sometimes attempted to do with other risks) does not have the same applicability in this context. In areas such as Health and in some Shows/ Art manifestations the limits of the directives can be overcome. Any artificial light, internal or external, also fits in this concept (even from motor vehicles). It is particularly frequent in the following professional sectors/ tasks: high temperature work (glass or metal), graphic work, aesthetic treatments, indoor work with powerful lighting, sterilization, welding, laser welding in plastic manufacturing, activities material processing (cutting, marking, drilling/ photolithography), optical measurement, communications, optical information storage and spectroscopy. Conclusions The theme does not adresses the same attention as other occupational risk factors, so it is poorly developed and some of the population will not even know it exists. It would be interesting for national Occupational Health teams, with clients with large numbers of employees exposed, to better investigate the issue, quantifying the knowledge of workers/ managers and employers, recording the semiology and associated pathologies, clarifying which radiation subtypes are involved in the various tasks, also suggesting valid collective and individual protection measures (specifying model and/ or materials).
Translated title of the contributionArtificial optical radiation in occupational health context: a scoping review
Original languagePortuguese
Number of pages9
JournalRevista Portuguesa de Saúde Ocupacional
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2020


  • Artificial optical radiation
  • Occupational health
  • Occupational medicine


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