Field-based measurements of personal erythemal ultraviolet exposure through a common summer garment

A. V. Parisi*, M. G. Kimlin, L. Mulheran, L. R. Meldrum, C. Randall

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Abstract

The research in this paper quantifies the solar erythemal UV exposures to the skin through a common summer garment during outdoor activities. The erythemal exposures under the garment for the wet white garment exceeded a MED (minimum erythemal dose) at some anatomical sites in summer for a two- hour period. An erythemal exposure of 1.7 MED, in excess of the occupational limit for UV exposure, was measured under the white garment during swimming for a one-hour period. Clothing must form an important component of a UV protection strategy. However, it must be realised that total UV protection is not provided and significant UV exposures may be received beneath the garment, particularly for a white garment in the wet state. This re-enforces the necessity of a combination of several UV prevention strategies to minimise UV exposure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-138
Number of pages5
JournalPhotodermatology Photoimmunology and Photomedicine
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2000
Externally publishedYes

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