Sun Protection Intervention for Highway Workers

Principal Investigator: Meg Gerrard, Ph.D.

Brief Overview

This workplace intervention was designed to reduce skin cancer risk among outdoor workers by increasing UV protection behavior on the job.  It provided information about the risks of exposure, and UV photography to personalize the message.


Adults who work outdoors in the sun

Core Components of Intervention

  • Mode of Delivery and Duration:  The 20-minute intervention has two primary elements: (a) a photograph (see example) taken of the participant’s face with a UV-filter camera, and (b) a 12-minute educational video on the risk on UV exposure for skin cancer.
  • Setting:  The workplace (specifically, DOT garages where road maintenance workers reported to every morning to receive work assignments)
  • Theoretical Basis:  Prototype/Willingness Model of Health Behaviors, which describes health-relevant cognitions that mediate the relation between health messages and health behavior
  • Materials Available:  none


Comparison between intervention and control participants revealed that a combination of the educational video and UV photography were most successful in increasing self-reported protective behavior and decreasing skin damage (assessed using Minolta CM-2600d spectrophotometer) at 2-month and 1-year follow-ups (Stock et al., 2009).

Implementation History


Contact Info

Meg Gerrard, Ph.D.
Room 30, J. Ray Ryan Building
Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP)
University of Connecticut
2006 Hillside Road, Unit 1248
Storrs, CT 06269 USA
Phone: 860.486.4533