Field measurements on protection by stockings from solar erythemal ultraviolet radiation

Parisi, A. V. and Kimlin, M. G. and Meldrum, L. R. and Relf, C. M. (1999) Field measurements on protection by stockings from solar erythemal ultraviolet radiation. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 86 (1). pp. 69-72. ISSN 0144-8420

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The ultraviolet (UV) radiation protection provided by stockings was measured by simulating as close as possible the real life situation under field conditions in Queensland, Australia. Polysulphone dosimeters were employed for measuring the solar erythemal UV radiation to sites on the leg with a polysulphone dosimeter located both above and underneath the stockings to compare the protected and unprotected erythemal UV exposures. The solar ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) was measured for different stocking thickness or denier and for different colour. Under the field conditions, the highest UPF of 4.6 was provided by the 50 denier stockings with the lowest of 1.4 to 1.8 for the 15 denier. For the 15 denier stockings, there was no significant difference between the lighter colours with only a small increase in UPF to 1.8 for the darker colour. People who require photoprotection to the legs should wear trousers or at least the 50 denier stockings.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited according to Publisher's requirements. This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Radiation Protection Dosimetry following peer review.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:35
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2013 03:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: polysulphone; dosimeters; UV; erythema; solar; stockings; UPF
Fields of Research : 02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029999 Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified
02 Physical Sciences > 0299 Other Physical Sciences > 029904 Synchrotrons; Accelerators; Instruments and Techniques
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920117 Skin and Related Disorders

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