212015Feb

Window Tinting

There is a term that was commonly used in the mid to late 20th century that highlighted a serious issue that was dealt with in true Australian laconic fashion. That term was “Truckies Arm” and it effectively referred to the fact that people who drove for a living had one arm more tanned than the other. In Australia, because we drive on the right hand side of the car, that arm is the right one. One example was a Victorian freight train driver in the 1960’s, who lost his arm to Melanoma because he drove with his arm leaning on the sill of the window in the cabin.

With the advent of Air Conditioning in cars and trucks (and trains), it was no longer necessary for drivers to have the window down for cooling on those warm summer days. However, as we have discussed elsewhere, UV is not stopped by glass… Unless it is tinted. Like most things though, there is tinting… and then there is tinting. So again we thought we would ask the experts. Dear Window tinting expert….

While we await their response, let’s talk about the windows in your home and/or office. Research has shown that office workers have been suffering more of an increase in melanoma than outdoor workers since 1940. This is possibly due to the fact that glass does not stop UV rays from coming inside.

So it might make sense to tint.

But now we have an answer from one of the top tinting companies in Perth, WA…

“All our window films provide 98% – 99% protection against UVA and UVB.

Our top of the range Formula one also has a SPF 50+ rating and is the one I would recommend to prevent skin damage and sunburn.

It also offers heat and glare rejection of around 60%.”

So some pretty good protection if you spend a lot of time in your car. But let’s go back to the office for a minute or so. Office workers spend about 8 hours a day in the office. If the windows are not tinted, that means the potential of 8 hours basking in UV rays that can be reflected around the office.

In this OSH day and age, this could be a serious problem not just for the workers, but the employers as well. It is in everyone’s interest to tint the office windows as well. In fact, when workers compensation insurers possibly begin to receive claims for skin cancers, we may see it made compulsory.