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Sun protective work clothing

Sun protective work clothing

22nd February 2016

Sun protective work clothing

Did you know?  

One of the most effective barriers between skin and the sun is clothing. The overall protection provided by clothing depends both on the material from which it is made and the garment’s design. When selecting sun protective clothing for outdoor workers keep in mind that: Different types of fabric provide different protection. Closeness of weave, colour and condition can affect the ability of material to absorb solar UVR.

Fabrics may carry a swing tag with a UPF rating. These fabrics have been tested to determine how effective they are at blocking solar UVR. The higher the UPF rating, the more protection provided. UPF 50+ provides the best protection. The design should cover as much skin as possible. Long pants and shirts with a collar and long sleeves provide the best sun protection.


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