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TESTEX is a member of the International Testing Association for Applied UV Protection. Since 1997, it has been offering UV protection factor measurements for all types of textiles.
Textiles help provide UV protection because they can protect against intense radiation
from the sun. UV
protection factors way above the strongest sunscreens
can be achieved.
For this reason the International Testing Association for Applied UV Protection recommends the measurement of the UV protection factor according to UV STANDARD 801 for all types of clothing and shading textiles.
The UV STANDARD 801 is the worldwide strictest testing and certification system for clothing and shading textiles with UV protection factor. It's well suited for e.g. fabrics, any type of clothing, shoes, awnings, blinds, sunshades, leather and foils that protect us from UV radiation.
The UV STANDARD 801 testing criteria for determining the UV protection factor is based on an Extreme Case Scenario:
Other standards available on the market only test the brand-new textile material in dry and not-stretched conditions and/or consider a lower radiation intensity.
The UV STANDARD 801 is the only standard to offer safe sun protection far beyond the requirements.
More detailed information about all testing methods are available here
After determining the UV protection factor, the tested textiles can be tagged during the certificate validity period with the UV STANDARD 801 label for clothing and shading products.
Tested products can be optionally provided with a UV STANDARD 801 hang-tag.
In order to achieve a high level of consumer protection every hang-tag contains the name of the testing institute as well as the valid UV STANDARD 801 certificate number.
Not every skin type reacts to sun exposure in the same way! That's why it is extremely important to know our own skin
Dermatologists distinguish six skin types with different natural self-protection times, although skin types 5 and 6 do not normally tend to experience sunburn.
Especially children's skin which is extremely thin. It develops full protective mechanisms against harmful UV radiation from around the age of 15.
Textile materials such as a long-sleeved T-shirt with a UPF of 20 extends the possible stay in the sun without risking damage to the skin by a factor of 20.
Sun is important to our health, but at the same time UV rays represent a big stress and risk potential for our skin
Skin reddening already means skin damage which is why it's necessary to protect our skin in the correct way or to avoid long solar irradiation.
Dermatologists worldwide have registered a significant increase of skin cancer incidents. In Europe the highest skin cancer rates are to be found in Switzerland, where approx. 2700 people develop a melanoma each year.
Dermatologists and cancer Associations promote appropriate prevention through clothing and shading textiles.
The following risk groups should pay particular attention to skin protection:
children and people with very fair to fair skin types
people who work outdoors, e.g. building and street workers, gardeners, pool attendants
outdoor sportsmen, e.g. runners, racing cyclists, skiers, beach volley, tennis and football players
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