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Re: Can you get tanned in a glasshouse?

Date: Mon May 14 13:24:41 2001
Posted By: John Moulder, Faculty, Radiation Biology, Medical College of Wisconsin
Area of science: General Biology
ID: 989838278.Gb

Tanning in a greenhouse In general, glass does not transmit enough UV (ultraviolet) light to cause either sunburn or tanning.

However, because the amount of UV shielding depends on the thickness and type of glass, someone who is very UV sensitive should not assume that all glass will always provide enough shielding.

CR Roy and HP Gies: Ultraviolet radiation: Guidelines, standards and protective measures. Non-Ionizing Radiation, R Matthes (Editor), International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, 1996

John Moulder
Radiation Biologist
Medical College of Wisconsin

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