Effective ultraviolet irradiance measurements from artificial tanning devices in Greece.


Artificial tanning remains very popular worldwide, despite the International Agency for Research on Cancer classification of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunbeds as 'carcinogenic to humans'. Greek Atomic Energy Commission has initiated a surveillance action of the artificial tanning devices in Greece in order to record the effective irradiance levels from the sunbeds and to inform and synchronise the domestic artificial tanning business sector with the requirements of the European Standard EN 60335-2-27:2010. In this direction, in situ measurements of UV emissions from sunbeds in solaria businesses all over Greece were performed from October 2013 until July 2014, with a radiometer and a portable single-monochromator spectrophotometer. Analysis of the measurements' results revealed that effective irradiance in ∼60 % of the measured sunbeds exceeded the 0.3 W m(-2) limit value set by EN 60335-2-27:2010 and only 20 % of the devices could be categorised as UV type 3.

DOI: 10.1093/rpd/ncu346

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@article{Petri2015EffectiveUI, title={Effective ultraviolet irradiance measurements from artificial tanning devices in Greece.}, author={Aspasia Petri and Efthymios Karabetsos}, journal={Radiation protection dosimetry}, year={2015}, volume={167 4}, pages={490-501} }