Being SunSmart when UV levels are 3 and above is an important public health and community message, and Cancer Council ACT can assist your efforts to share this message at your next outdoor event.
Don’t be fooled by the icy weather and cold winds that come with the Alpines. Remember, it’s the sun’s UV rays – not heat – that can cause sunburn, skin and eye damage and skin cancer.
The aims of the SunSmart program are to minimise the human cost of skin cancer in Canberra. Cancer Council has also taken a leadership role promoting a healthy balance between the benefits and harms of UV (ultraviolet radiation) exposure and the links with vitamin D.
Yes. Occupational UV exposure is a serious workplace hazard and under current WH&S legislation ACT schools (PCBU) and teachers (Worker) have a shared responsibility to provide a safe working environment, this includes working safely outdoors.
No, it should not be.
Cancer Council ACT and ACT Education and Training Directorate (SUVPS201512) recommend all Canberra schools make sunscreen available for situations where students have not provided their own.
Of course they do, care still needs to be taken in the sun. Even though the incidence of skin cancer is significantly lower among naturally very dark-skinned people, skin cancers, including melanoma can still occur but are often detected at a later, and far more dangerous stage.
Short answer is YES. Australia has the highest skin cancer rates in the world and ACT schools have a duty of care to protect the students and staff (WH&S) under their care from any foreseeable harm, this includes over-exposure to the sun's UV radiation.
Short answer yes, however all children regardless of skin type require sensible protection against harmful UV radiation from the sun. Skin type is genetically determined and ranges from fair to dark (Fitzpatrick Skin Type Scale Type 1 to 6).
No, however children who do choose to wear sunnies should be encouraged by staff, carers and parents in these services.