Being SunSmart is all about being smart about the way you spend time outdoors, this includes having an understanding around the balance between UV exposure, sun protection and vitamin D.
To minimise Canberra students and workers risk of skin damage, ACT schools are required to adopt a combination of sensible sun protection measures when spending time outdoors when UV levels reach 3 and above.
In Canberra this "3 and above" period will be for part or most of each day between August and May. The Bureau of Meteorology(BOM) issues a daily SunSmart UV Alert (you can also download the free SunSmart App) when UV levels are forecast to reach 3 and above. A daily Alert clearly displays what time of the day students and teachers need to take care of their skin when spending time outdoors in Canberra. You can also view daily UV levels and sun protection times for Canberra via www.uvdaily.com.au
Remember, extra care should always be taken during the "peak UV period" of the year. Cancer Council ACT recommend schools and early childhood services aim to at least minimise their outdoor activities and events, when possible, between 11am and 3pm during the summer/ daylight saving period of the year, this is the time of the year when daily UV levels are at their strongest, increasing your risk of sunburn and skin damage that can lead to skin cancer.
Cancer Council ACT has SunSmart resources to assist ACT schools and childcare services maintain a positive and balanced approach to being SunSmart including the SunSmart Web Widget for school websites, our free Generation SunSmart Professional Learning modules for Canberra early childcare educators and teachers along with classroom resources and posters.