Graduate Research School Available Projects Testing and compliance within the sun protective clothing industry

Testing and compliance within the sun protective clothing industry

Title of Project

Development of a reproducible testing method for evaluating the body surface coverage of sun-protective garments

Name of Advisor/s

Simone Harrison, Nathan Downs, Alfio Parisi


College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Science

Summary of Project

Australia and New Zealand have the highest rates of skin cancer in the world.

This project aims to develop a reproducible, cost-effective testing protocol to quantify the body surface coverage of sun-protective clothing and a rating scheme amenable for inclusion in the revised joint Australian and New Zealand Standard for sun-protective clothing. This project will build upon our published research on the Garment Protection Factor (GPF).

Development, digitisation and subsequent implementation of the testing protocol should encourage manufacturers to design sun-protective garments that exceed the minimum standard for garment coverage, with positive implications for skin cancer prevention, consumer education and sun-protection awareness. Additional work will also determine whether the coverage of garments has increased since the introduction of AS/NZS 4399:2017 standard. Likewise the body surface coverage of Queensland Government school uniforms will be evaluated and compared to baseline measurements to determine whether a 2018 intervention improved protection afforded by these uniforms.


Skin cancer; sun exposure; UV; clothing; textiles; design; industry standard; MatLab; prevention; school; uniform; melanoma; sunburn; protection.

Would suit an applicant who

Would suit an applicant who has a background in engineering, physics, mathematics, statistics, information technology, design and technology, biotechnology, public health, science. The project is suitable for PhD and Masters students. However, Hons, Grad Dip students, or those undertaking dissertation subjects within coursework programs such as the MPH program are welcome to contact to discuss conducting a smaller component of this program of research as part of their studies.