Fabrics can protect the skin from sunburn, cancer and other effects of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure. Knowing how much protection a fabric provides can be tricky. Two new products are now available from AATCC to simplify the evaluation procedure for Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF).
ASTM and AATCC Technical Information and Standards for UV Protective Textiles is jointly published by AATCC and ASTM D13, and provides guidance for the complete UPF verification process in one convenient, downloadable publication. The compilation includes ASTM D6544, AATCC TM183 and ASTM D6603 standards, plus an introduction and flowchart.
Info & Standards for UV Protective Textiles (Item #03005A) can be ordered online by visiting: members.aatcc.org/store/upfinfo/1936/
Light Transmission Verification Fabric gives labs confidence in their transmission and UPF evaluations. The standard fabric provides a consistent result when measured according to AATCC Test Method 183, Transmittance or Blocking of UV Radiation through Fabric. Each order includes 12 pre-cut specimens for monthly verification of instrument and operator performance.
Light Transmission Verification Fabric (Item #38618A) can be ordered online by visiting: members.aatcc.org/store/verify1/1937/