• Debunking Workwear UPF Sun Protection
Debunking Workwear UPF Sun Protection

Debunking Workwear UPF Sun Protection

Luckily WORKIT have plenty of options, all of which are fully compliant with AS/NZS 4399:1999, the common standard in Sun Protective Clothing.

When searching for apparel that can effectively shield you from harmful rays, keep these factors in mind:

Colour: Dark or bright colours keep UV rays from reaching your skin by absorbing them, rather than allowing them to penetrate.  That's why these colours offer better protection than lighter shades.

Construction: WORKIT cotton drill, denim and inherent FR fabrics are all milled into densely woven cloth fabrics, and as such provide more protection than sheer, thin or other loosely woven fabric.  Check a fabric's sun safety by holding it up to the light.  If you can see through, UV radiation can easily penetrate the fabric and reach your skin.

Content: The composition of the fabric really matters.  Unbleached cotton contains natural lignins that act as UV absorbers.  WORKIT fabrics also have applied high-tech chemical UV absorbers through the dying process that also help prevent penetration from UV rays.

Fit: Loose-fitting apparel is preferrable, both for UV protection and heat-stress mitigation.  Thight clothing can stretch and reduce the level of protection offered, as fibres pull away from each other and allow more UV light to pass through.

UPF: When in doubt, ask your Workwear manufacturer for testing certification on the fabrics used.  All WORKIT fabrics are milled in-house, and go through rigorous testing procedures to map sun protection, fabric strength and colour fastness.

Coverage: remember, the more skin your Workwear covers, the better your overall protection.  Whenever possible, choose long sleeve Shirts and Pants, over Shirts and Shorts when working outside.

Activity: Regardless of UPF, if your clothing gets stretched or wet, it will lose some of its protective ability and become more transparent, exposing the skin to more UV light.  WORKIT fabrics allow for sweat and wet clothing to always provide UPF50+ ratings.