SunSmart  Policy

Date: August 2016

 

Rationale:

A balance of ultraviolet radiation (UV) exposure is important for health. Too much of the sun’s UV can cause sunburn, skin and eye damage and skin cancer.

Exposure to the sun’s UV during childhood and adolescence is associated with an increased risk of skin cancer in later life. Too little UV from the sun can lead to low Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and muscles, and for general health.

 

The school management has responsibility to ensure, as far as practicable, the provision and maintenance of a safe and secure working environment which is without risk to the health and safety of staff, students and visitors. 

 

Aims:

 

  • To ensure all students and staff have some UV exposure for Vitamin D
  • To ensure all students and staff are well protected from too much UV exposure by using a combination of sun protection measures during the daily local sun protection times (issued whenever UV levels are 3 and above)
  • To ensure the outdoor environment is sun safe and provides shade for students and staff

·         To ensure students are encouraged and supported to develop independent sun protection skills and where possible to help them in being responsible for their own sun protection

·         To support duty of care requirements

·         To support OHS strategies to minimize UV risk and associated harms for staff and visitors

 

 

Implementation:

 

The sun protection measures listed below are used for all outdoor activities during the daily local sun protection times (issued whenever UV levels are 3 and above) typically from September to May.

 

·         Staff and students (where relevant) are encouraged to access the daily local sun protection times via the SunSmart widget either through the SunSmart app or online at sunsmart.com.au

·         School Council ensures adequate shade structures are provided for students as practicable; particularly over high density play areas such as sand pits, play equipment and outdoor play areas.

·         In consultation with school Council shade provision is considered in plans for future buildings and grounds.

·         A shade audit is conducted regularly to determine the current availability and quality of shade.

·         Ensure the SunSmart policy is reflected in the planning of all outdoor events (i.e. camps, excursions, sporting events) and the availability of shade is carefully considered.

·         Students are encouraged to use available areas of shade when outside.

·         NO HAT NO PLAY rule – students without a hat are to stay in specified shaded areas, protecting them from the sun.

·         Sun protective clothing is included in our school uniform and is available from the school supplier. This includes broad-brimmed hats and sun-protective clothing, such as long sleeve polo shirts, longer style dresses and shorts. School clothing is loose, cool and made of densely woven fabrics.

·         The school supplies SPF30 or higher, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen for all students and staff to use, however students who require specialized sunscreen will need to provide their own sunscreen which will remain at school.

·         Sunscreen is applied prior to going outside (where possible at least 20 mins prior) and reapplied every 2 hours. Staff assist students who require support to apply sunscreen appropriately. 

·         All students are required to wear hats which protect the face, neck and ears such as broad-brimmed, bucket or legionnaire hats whenever they are outside from September to April (i.e. recess, lunchtime, sport, excursions).

·         Students and staff are encouraged to wear close fitting, wrap-around sunglasses that meet the Australian Standard 1067 (Sunglasses: Category 2, 3 or 4) and cover as much of the eye area as possible.

·         Within the curriculum students are taught the importance of sun protection at a level appropriate to their understanding. 

·         As part of OHS UV risk controls and role-modelling, staff, families and visitors practice SunSmart behaviour – wear a sun protective hat, covering clothing and if practical sunglasses, apply SPF30 or higher broad-spectrum water resistant sunscreen and seek shade whenever possible.

·         Particular care should be taken between 10am and 2pm (11am-3pm daylight saving time) when UV levels reach their peak.

·         with shade, whenever possible.

·         Regularly reinforce SunSmart behaviour in a positive way and promote it to the school community through assemblies, newsletters, parent meetings, teacher modeling, student and teacher activities, on enrolment and through orientation programs.

·         Conduct school swimming/spa programs in an indoor pool or in an outdoor shaded pool/spa.

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Evaluation:

·       Regular assessment of shade provision and usage.

·       Annual Policy review in line with the Cancer Council of Victoria’s current resources and policy guidelines.

·       This policy will be monitored regularly and reviewed and as part of the school’s three year cycle.

·       Policy revision will be undertaken when required by completing the policy review and membership renewal with SunSmart at sunsmart.com.au

·       SunSmart policy updates and requirements will be made available to staff, families and visitors.

 

REFERENCES

·       OH&S Act 2004. Sections 21, 23 and 25.

·       Education and Training Reform Act 2006: Sch.5 Reg. 1 (1.2)

·       DEAT The Compact: Roles and Responsibilities in Victorian government school education : Principle 3 (2012)

·         DEAT School Policy & Advisory Guide (SPAG) Sun & UV protection(2011)

·         DEAT OHSMS Implementation Guide  (2009)

·         DEAT Building Quality Standards HandbookBQSH): Section 8.5.5 Shade Areas (Oct 2011)

·         DEAT Guidelines for School Playgrounds –Playground safety management: Section 3.2.5(2012)

·         DEAT Outdoor activities

·         Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework  (VEYLDF)

·         Education and Training Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into Dress Codes and School Uniforms in Victorian Schools –Government Response

·         Safe Work Australia: Guidance Note for the Protection of Workers from the Ultraviolet Radiation in Sunlight  (2008)

·         AS 4685.1: 2014 Playground equipment and surfacing –  General safety requirements and test methods

·       SunSmart homepage- http://www.sunsmart.com.au/

·       SunSmart UV alert app- http://www.sunsmart.com.au/tools/interactive-tools/free-sunsmart-app

·       SunSmart UV alert widget- http://www.sunsmart.com.au/uv-sun-protection/uv/uv-widget

 

 

 

 

Ratified School Council:      August 17th, 2016

Review date:                         August 2019