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Textiles with UV Standard 801 offer effective protection

Aug '19
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Textiles with 'UV Standard 801' offer effective UV protection, especially when skin cancer is one of the most common cancer diagnoses around the world. From a medical perspective, for people with skin types 1 to 3, just 20 to 30 minutes of solar radiation on limited parts of the body are already sufficient, depending on the season/climate.

Since skin has its own memory, people should protect themselves from repeated exposure to aggressive solar radiation.

The textile industry, in collaboration with the fashion sector, has offered clothing with UV protection for many years. The textiles achieve UV protection factors which are much more effective than the strongest sun creams. Only clothing with the label 'UV Standard 801' has been tested in wet, stretched and used conditions during the testing process. Sensitive persons, children and seniors in particular, and also anyone else who spends time outdoors, can thus effectively protect themselves against aggressive solar radiation, said Testex in a news release.

The UV Standard 801 is identified with a label on the textile and is well suited for fabrics, any type of clothing, shoes, etc, that protects from UV radiation.

"It is very important to bear in mind that not all types of shade are the same. With shade created through a sunshade or clothing, it is not sufficient that it has a UV protection factor (UPF) of 50, it must also show the validation characteristics of UV Standard 801," said Portuguese dermatologist Osvaldo Correia.

Correia specifically recommends workwear with the 'UV Standard 801' as a benchmark for outdoor occupations. By labelling the protective function against UV radiation, workwear can be considered as Personal Protective Equipment in accordance with directive (EU) 2016/425. It should thus meet the highest requirements for all different predictable usage conditions.

Testex is a globally operating, independent Swiss testing and certification organisation with focus on textile and leather testing. Since 1997, it has been offering UV protection factor measurements for all types of textiles. (PC)

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