Sun Smart Policy

The following policy is in place to help Laverton Park Tennis Club minimise the risks of overexposure to UV.

Rationale

A balance of ultraviolet radiation (UV) exposure is important for health. Too much UV from the sun can cause sunburn, skin damage, eye damage and skin cancer. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Two in three Australians will develop some form of skin cancer before the age of 70. People often experience sunburn and skin damage when playing or watching sport due to extended periods exposed to high levels of UV without appropriate sun protection. Too little UV from the sun can lead to low vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is essential for the development and maintenance of healthy bones and muscles, and for general health.

Sun protection

•A combination of sun protection measures are needed during the daily local sun protection times (issued whenever UV levels reach three and above) typically from the start of September to the end of April in Victoria.

• To assist with the implementation of this policy, club officials, coaches and participants are encouraged to access the daily local sun protection times at sunsmart.com.au, on the free SunSmart app or SunSmart widget on the club website and in the weather section of the newspaper.

• From May to August in Victoria, UV levels are usually below three so sun protection is not normally needed unless near highly reflective surfaces such as snow or outside for extended periods. It is best to check the SunSmart app to be sure. Schedules, rule modifications

• Where possible, training, events and competitions are scheduled to minimise exposure to UV and heat. Cancellation of the above occurs according to the rules of the WRTA when high risk conditions are forecast. Where it is not possible to avoid peak UV and heat periods the following interim steps are taken to minimise the risk of overexposure to UV and heat illness.

• Warm-up activities are limited in duration and intensity.

• The duration of the activity is reduced

• Activities start earlier in the morning or later in the evening

• Rest breaks and opportunities to seek shade and re-hydrate are increased

• Officials, coaches and senior members act as role models by wearing sun-protective clothing and hats, applying sunscreen and seeking shade wherever possible.

• Free hats and sports top that are given to all players should be worn as they are made from UPF UV protection factor.

• Sunscreen is provided in the club house for all players to apply SPF30+ which is water resistant. You should reapply every two hours.

• Participants are encouraged to rest in shaded areas and drink plenty of water

• Wear sunglasses that meet the Australian standard Laverton Park Tennis Club wants all members and visitors to enjoy the game of tennis but also look after your skin.

Remember, slip, slop, slap and drink plenty of water.