Ultraviolet radiation is part of the electromagnetic spectrum and is found naturally in sunlight. Our skin responds to this by turning darker, however we cannot see or feel it.

Uses[edit | edit source]

  • Sun beds
  • Security pens
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Fluorescent clothing

Dangers[edit | edit source]

Ultraviolet radiation is known to cause blindness and damage to cells on the surface of the skin. It is also a type of ionising radiation - this means it carries enough energy to remove electrons from atoms. This can mutate DNA in living cells, leading to cancer.

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