UV protection and clothing

CIE 172:2006
Division 6
978 3 901906 48 0

Clothing can provide substantial protection against solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and quantifying the amount of protection can have useful applications to recreational, occupational and medical situations.

Various test methods for measurement of UVR transmittance through fabrics are discussed. The measured transmittances can be used to calculate the erythemally weighted UVR transmitted by the fabric and thus the amount of protection provided. Factors affecting the UVR transmission of fabrics are also detailed. Currently existing standard documents are discussed, and then the document outlines a recommended test method for the determination of the UVR transmitted by fabrics and details a rating scheme using Ultraviolet Protection Factors (UPFs) to quantify the protection. Areas where research and standardisation efforts are still needed are discussed.

The report is written in English, with a short summary in French and German. It consists of 52 pages with 8 figures and 10 tables.

The following members of TC 6-29 "UV Protection and Clothing" took part in the preparation of this Technical Report:

  • J.-P. Césarini, France
  • B. Diffey, Great Britain
  • C. Driscoll, Great Britain
  • P. Gies, Australia (Chair)
  • K. Hatch, USA
  • J. Leland, USA
  • U. Osterwalder, Switzerland
  • M. Pailthorpe, Australia
  • L. R. Ronchi, Italy
  • C. Roy, Australia
  • M. Saito, Japan
  • M. Sasaki, Japan
  • R. Sayre, USA
  • D. Sliney, USA
  • N. v. Tonder, South Africa
  • S. Wengraitis, USA
  • F. Wilkinson, Australia
  • J. Wong, Australia