sun protection supplies
The sun protection companies listed here sell products that are appropriate for school or youth use.
NOTE: Some web sites offer multiple types of products.
Criteria for Inclusion in the List of Sun Protective Product Manufacturers and Retailers
Clothing, Hats and Swimsuits: Manufacturers and retailers included in the list are American or Canadian sun protection companies whose fabrics are tested for UV transmittance using American or Australian test methods. Their fabrics provide good, very good or excellent UV protection. Fabrics block at least 93 percent UVA and UVB radiation and have an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF rating) of 15 to 50+.
(Exception: Sun Precautions was approved by the FDA at one time as a medical device and continues to use SPF)
Shade Structures: Manufacturers and retailers included in the list are American or Canadian companies. Some of their synthetic shadecloth fabrics have been tested for UV transmittance using American or Australian test methods. Some shadecloth provides good UV protection depending on its color. Look for darker colors that block at least 90 percent UVA and UVB and have a UPF rating of 10 to 50+.
Sunglasses: No specific manufacturers or retailers are listed for sunglasses. Quality sunglasses may be purchased readily from many retail stores, catalogs and e-commerce sites. While regulated as medical devices, sunglasses are not required by the FDA to block a minimum level of UVA and UVB. Look for labels that specifically state that the sunglasses offer 99 percent to 100 percent UV protection, or look for sunglasses that “meet ANSI Z80.3 1996 [normal] or [strictest] UV blocking requirements.” More expensive or darker tinted sunglasses are not necessarily more UV protective. Polycarbonate lenses are generally recommended for children because they are the most shatter-resistant.
Sunscreen: Manufacturers and retailers included in the list are American or Canadian sunscreen companies whose branding or marketing is appropriate for children and schools. Their sunscreen products are FDA-regulated, labeled with SPF 15 or higher, and block at least 93 percent UVB radiation. Broad-spectrum sunscreens filter some UVA as well.
Umbrellas: Manufacturers and retailers included in the list are American or Canadian companies that will retail directly to schools. Some of their umbrellas are made with fabrics that have been tested for UV transmittance using American or Australian test methods. Look for fabrics that block at least 93 percent UVA and UVB radiation and have a UPF rating of 15 to 50+.
UV Detectors: These companies manufacture or retail UV detectors or monitors that are intended as educational tools, not as precise UV-measuring devices.
Commercial Products Disclaimer
The list of sun protective product manufacturers and retailers is provided for general information purposes only and does not represent a complete list of vendors. Further, reference to any specific commercial products or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the authors or owners of the Sunny Days, Healthy Ways program.
The list of sun protective product manufacturers and retailers contains URL addresses to web sites and information created and maintained by private organizations. These links are provided for convenience of reference only. Klein Buendel does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of this outside information. The inclusion of URL addresses to particular web sites is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services offered by the author of the site or by the organization operating the server on which the site is maintained.