Our ultraviolet radiation (UVR) laboratory offers measurement services including:

  • clothing and fabric testing
  • sunglass testing
  • shadecloth testing
  • film, glass and materials testing
  • UVR hazard assessments
  • calibration of UVR detectors

We also provide:

  • swing tags for labelling sun protective clothing
  • swing tags for labelling UV protective shadecloth products
  • links to manufacturers and retailers of sun protective clothing via a Buyer's Guide

Ultraviolet radiation services - testing and services guide


Our testing and services guide provides an overview of the services we offer:

Contact UVR Services:

Clothing and fabric testing

All fabrics have some ability to block UVR but laboratory testing is needed to tell how useful different fabrics are for sun protection by measuring the Ultraviolet Protection Factor or 'UPF' rating.

Film, glass and materials testing

ARPANSA can measure the amount of UV radiation blocked out by transparent plastic films and all types of glass as well as transparent and translucent building materials. Examples include automotive window tint films, product packaging films and polycarbonate roofing.

Labelling sun protective clothing

The UPF Certification Trade Mark is an Australian government trademark that is used to label sun protective clothing.

Shade fabric testing

Shade fabric, also known as shadecloth, is a popular method of providing climate control in greenhouses and nurseries for plants and for providing shade for people outdoors. We operate a service for measuring effectiveness of shade fabrics for sun protection

Sunglass testing

We test all common types of sunglass lenses to the Australian standard and issue test reports that state the lens category and other mandatory labelling information.

Ultraviolet radiation hazard assessments

We can assess natural and artificial UVR hazards in both public spaces and in occupational exposure situations using a variety of techniques and instruments.

Terms & conditions for testing samples - UVR services

These Terms and Conditions specify the basis of the Agreement under which the Service is provided to the Client by the Commonwealth of Australia through the CEO of ARPANSA.

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