UV Levels across Australia

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UV Exposure - Health Risks

Information about the health risks associated with excessive exposure to UV from the Sun or tanning lamps and steps to take to protect yourself -

World Health Organization
Ultraviolet radiation and the INTERSUN Programme

Cancer Council Australia
SunSmart program and Sunsmart initiatives
in each state :-

Simple rules you should follow -


UV Exposure - Fact and Fiction

A suntan is healthyA tan results from your body defending itself against further damage from UV radiation
A tan protects you from the sunA dark tan on white skin offers only limited protection equivalent to an SPF of about 4
You can’t get sunburnt on a cloudy dayUp to 80% of solar UV radiation can penetrate light cloud cover. Haze in the atmosphere can even increase UV radiation exposure
You can’t get sunburnt while in the waterWater offers only minimal protection from UV radiation, and reflections from water can enhance your UV radiation exposure
UV radiation during the winter is not dangerousUV radiation is generally lower during the winter months, but snow reflection can double your overall exposure, especially at high altitude. Pay particular attention in early spring when temperatures are low but the sun’s rays are unexpectedly strong
Sunscreens protect me so I can sunbathe much longerSunscreens should not be used to increase sun exposure time but to increase protection during unavoidable exposure. The protection they afford depends critically on their correct application
If you take regular breaks during sunbathing you won’t get sunburntUV radiation exposure is cumulative during the day
If you don’t feel the hot rays of the sun you won’t get sunburntSunburn is caused by UV radiation which cannot be felt. The heating effect is caused by the sun’s infrared radiation and not by UV radiation
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