Description of ultraviolet radiation (UVR), its sources and advice on protection from exposure.
Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is:
- produced by the sun and some artificial sources
- invisible to the human eye
Solar UVR that can reach the earth’s surface is subdivided into 2 types:
- ultraviolet B (UVB)
- ultraviolet A (UVA), which is less energetic
Some people are also exposed to UVR:
- at work
- as a medical treatment
- by using sunbeds
More information on the effects of UVR, including advice on eye protection, can be found on NHS Choices.
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