Are sunglasses enforced in childcare services and schools with Cancer Council SunSmart status?

No, however children who do choose to wear sunnies should be encouraged by staff, carers and parents in these services. Quality wrap-around, close fitting sunglasses that meet AS 1067 (Cat 2,3 or4) will offer best protection and when worn with a suitable hat can reduce UVR exposure to the eyes by up to 98%.

Cancer Council understands that the majority of young children may be reluctant to wear sunglasses, however keep in mind that children do mimic their parent’s (and adult) behaviour and therefore should be encouraged from a young age to slide on some sunnies when heading outdoors.

Cancer Council Australia recommends wearing close-fitting wraparound sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat to protect the eyes from ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV radiation exposure to the eyes is dependent on a number of factors and is not closely correlated to ambient UV levels and the UV index. Cancer Council Australia recommends protecting the eyes from UV at all times when outdoors during daylight hours.

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