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Measurements of the UVR protection provided by hats used at school.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16483247     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The importance of protection against solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) in childhood has lead to SunSmart policies at Australian schools, in particular primary schools, where children are encouraged and in many cases required to wear hats at school. Hat styles change regularly and the UVR protection provided by some of the hat types currently used and recommended for sun protection by the various Australian state cancer councils had not been previously evaluated. The UVR protection of the hats was measured using UVR sensitive polysulphone film badges attached to different facial sites on rotating headforms. The sun protection type hats included in this study were broad-brimmed hats, "bucket hats" and legionnaires hats. Baseball caps, which are very popular, were also included. The broad-brimmed hats and bucket hats provided the most UVR protection for the six different sites about the face and head. Legionnaires hats also provided satisfactory UVR protection, but the caps did not provide UVR protection to many of the facial sites. The highest measured UVR protection factors for facial sites other than the forehead were 8 to 10, indicating that, while some hats can be effective, they need to be used in combination with other forms of UVR protection.
Peter Gies; John Javorniczky; Colin Roy; Stuart Henderson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Photochemistry and photobiology     Volume:  82     ISSN:  0031-8655     ISO Abbreviation:  Photochem. Photobiol.     Publication Date:    2006 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-22     Completed Date:  2006-07-25     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376425     Medline TA:  Photochem Photobiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  750-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, Yallambie, VIC, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Environmental Exposure / prevention & control*
Radiation Protection / methods
Solar System
Ultraviolet Rays / adverse effects*

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