Occupational UVR skin protection by make-up

R. Bonner, M. Khazova*, J. B. O'Hagan, H. Squire

*Corresponding author for this work

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New legislation has been introduced in the Member States of the European Union, covering worker exposure to artificial optical radiation. Use of make-up could reduce the ultraviolet hazard level and provide additional protection for skin against UV radiation (UVR). This is particularly important in entertainment and filming where intentional exposure of the actors and presenters to the very intense light sources may be required for extended periods of time. This document presents the assessment of UVR protection of make-up used in entertainment and demonstrates that the protection level varies considerably for different luminaires and application techniques. An important practical implication of this finding is that make-up alone cannot be considered as a reliable protection measure against skin exposure to actinic UV.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberncr195
Pages (from-to)498-501
Number of pages4
JournalRadiation Protection Dosimetry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


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