Field measurements on protection by stockings from solar erythemal ultraviolet radiation

Parisi, Alfio V., Kimlin, Michael G., Meldrum, Lennox R., & Relf, C.M. (1999) Field measurements on protection by stockings from solar erythemal ultraviolet radiation. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 86(1), pp. 69-72.


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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ID Code: 8231
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: UV, ultraviolet, UV radiation, polysulphone dosimeters
ISSN: 0144-8420
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Oxford University Press
Deposited On: 22 Jun 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 16:44

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