Sun Protection Policy

Rationale

Too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun causes sunburn, skin damage and increases the risk of skin cancer. Sun exposure in the first 15 years of life contributes significantly to the lifetime risk of developing skin cancer. Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world.

Skin cancers account for 80 per cent of all new cancers diagnosed in Australia each year.

Melanoma is the most diagnosed cancer for 15 – 44 year olds.

This policy is followed all year round as the UV radiation levels are always high during peak UV periods (10am to 3pm) Club officials, coaches, managers, referees, assistant referees will act as role models in line with the NSW Skin Cancer Strategic Plan 2011-2015 SunSmart program requirements and OHS standards.

Objectives of our Sunsmart Policy is to:
  • Increase community awareness about skin cancer and sun protection.
  • Encourage the entire soccer community to use a combination of sun protection measures all year round.
  • Work towards a safe soccer-playing environment that provides shade for players, officials and spectators
  • Provide free SPF 30+ broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen at the canteen.
  • Assist players, officials, spectators and club officials to be responsible for their own sun protection.
  • Ensure families, players, officials and spectators are informed of the CWJSC Sunsmart Policy.

 

Sun Protection Strategies:

All the of our community use a combination of sun protection measures throughout the day to ensure they are well protected. Particular care is taken between 10 and 3pm when UV levels are peak.

A) Shade

  1. The CWJSC will work towards sufficient sun shelter and trees providing shade at the club grounds, particularly in areas where the soccer community congregates, e.g.canteen area and the hill.
  2. Shade awnings have been installed on the club northern edge to provide shade to canteen and seating area. Shade provision will be considered in plans for future buildings and grounds.
  3. Grant applications for shade provision will be actively sought including shade sails and tree planting.
  4. Players, club officials and spectators will be encouraged to use available areas of shade at the CWJSC grounds and at away games.

B) Clothing

Where possible, players and staff members will be encouraged to wear sun-safe clothing. Including shirts that protect the neck with collars and sleeves.

C) Hats

Club officials are encouraged to wear hats that protect their face, neck and ears, e.g. bucket or broad brimmed whenever they are outside. (Please note: Baseball caps are not considered sun protective and are therefore not acceptable.)

D) Sunglasses

Club officials, referees and assistant referees are encouraged to wear close fitting, wraparound sunglasses that meet the Australian Standard 1067 (Sunglasses: Category 2,3 or 4) and cover as much of the eye area as possible.

E) Sun Screen

SPF 30+ broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen is available for club officials, referees, assistant referees and players use. Sunscreen is to be applied at least 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapplied every two hours as required. Time will be allocated for sunscreen application prior to games.

F) Role Modelling

Club officials act as role models by:

  • Wearing sun protective hats (broad brimmed, bucket or legionnaire hats), clothing and sunglasses outside.
  • Applying SPF 30+ broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen.
  • Seeking shade whenever possible.

G) Awareness Raising

  • Sun protection and skin cancer awareness information is provided to players, coaches and managers of teams.
  • The policy is provided in all team kit bags, displayed at the club canteen and on the CWJSC Facebook Page.
  • Players are encouraged to be involved in initiatives to promote and model sun protection measures to the whole soccer community.
  • Sunsmart behaviour is regularly reinforced and promoted by the soccer community through newsletters, website, club meetings, at registration and other club events.

Review

We will review the effectiveness of the Sun Protection Policy every two years and revise the policy when required.

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