Lisarow-Ourimbah Junior Cricket Club Sun Protection Policy – as adopted at general meeting 10/8/2016.
Unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation can have an immediate negative impact on performance and hydration, and can cause painful sunburn. Exposure to UV radiation also increases the risk of skin damage and skin cancer. About 2,000 Australians die every year from skin cancer, yet it is a largely preventable disease. Given that cricket events often take place during peak UV radiation times during the day, cricket organisations can play a major role in minimising UV radiation exposure by providing an environment where policies and procedures positively influence sun protective behaviours.
Lisarow-Ourimbah Junior Cricket Club Sun Protection Policy:
This policy aims to ensure all players, officials and spectators are protected from the harmful effects of the sun throughout the year, and that we provide a sporting environment that supports sun safety awareness and practices.
Lisarow-Ourimbah Junior Cricket Club has a duty of care to provide a safe environment for everyone involved in our activities. Providing a safe environment includes protecting people from the harmful effects of UV radiation.
As part of our commitment to the health and safety of players, officials and spectators will encouraged and support the following:
1. Scheduling outdoor activities:
• Where possible, schedule outdoor events and/or training times outside peak UV times of 10am–2pm (11am–3pm daylight saving time).
• Hold training sessions and competitions at venues that provide adequate shade.
• Encourage players, officials and spectators to use the shade available, and encourage people to bring their own umbrellas and shade tents.
• Ensure that officials and players are provided with or encouraged to wear sun-safe hats that protect the face, neck and ears. Recommended sun-safe hats include legionnaire, board-brimmed and bucket hats. Baseball caps do not provide adequate sun protection and are not recommended.
• Ensure that officials and players are provided with or encouraged to wear sun-safe clothing that covers as much skin as possible, including tops with longer sleeves and a collar, and long pants.
• Incorporate clothing that is cool, loose fitting and made of densely woven fabric into the club uniform. Any fabric with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) rating above 15 provides good protection against UV radiation, but UPF50+ is recommended (AS/NZS 4399:1996).
• Ensure sunscreen is available that is at least SPF 30+, broad-spectrum and water-resistant and players, coaches, officials and spectators are encouraged to use it appropriately.
• Encourage and remind players to apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outdoors, and reapplied every two hours when outdoors, or after getting wet or perspiring.
• Encourage officials and players to wear close-fitting, wrap-around sunglasses that cover as much of the eye area as possible and comply with Australian Standard AS/NZS 1067:2003.
7. Increase awareness of sun safety:
• Regularly promote sun protection information to officials, players and spectators through briefings or training sessions, newsletters, notice boards, online communications, enrolment and announcements during games.
• Inform players and their families about the Sun Protection Policy when they apply for membership.
8. Role modelling:
• Encourage all officials, coaches, trainers and adult members of the club to act as positive role models for younger members in all aspects of sun safe behaviour, including using a combination of sun protection measures.
• Regularly monitor and review the effectiveness of the Sun Protection Policy to ensure it remains relevant and current.
Signed (by designated authorities)
President, Lisarow-Ourimbah Junior Cricket Club.