Safety and responsibility
Every organisation involved in conducting sport and recreation events has a duty of care and legal responsibility to ensure a safe environment for all involved. Providing a safe environment includes protecting people from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation – the biggest cause of skin cancer.
Because of the long hours spent outdoors training and competing, sports clubs should take steps to make sure players, coaches, staff, volunteers and spectators are protected from UV.
Develop a sun protection policy or guidelines for your club and make sure all members are aware of the need to protect their skin while being active outdoors.
SunSmart can help sports clubs to develop and promote a sun protection policy or guidelines. Use our sample SunSmart Sports Policy to help you create your own club policy.
A good sun protection policy should:
- provide or encourage participants and officials to wear sun-protective clothing ( as part of the team uniform and during training sessions) by covering as much skin as possible
- promote the use of SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen. If possible, consider having a supply onsite
- promote use of the sun protection times by adding the SunSmart widget onto the club website and encourage use of the free SunSmart app
- schedule training times, competitions and outdoor events outside the daily sun protection times when possible – especially those scheduled for the middle of the day (when UV is strongest)
- promote sun protection habits/practices during the course of all games, training sessions and events
- plan and provide shade, and encourage players and spectators to take advantage of shade from buildings and trees
- encourage players and spectators to come to events with sunscreen, clothing, shade, hats and sunglasses
- encourage club leaders, coaches and club officials to be sun protection role models.