Insurance & Risk Management

SUNSAFE POLICY

Rationale

The health of all affiliated members is a primary concern to Queensland Cricket.

It is acknowledged that people living in Australia need to be more aware of the need to protect their skin and eyes when they are exposed to the sun. This is certainly the case in Queensland which has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. Two out of three Queenslanders will contract some form of skin cancer in their lifetime. As more than 1000 people in Australia die from this disease annually, cricketers and all those people associated with the game, need to become more aware of the impacts of the sun and take every precaution to limit its effects.

Skin damage, including skin cancer, is the result of cumulative exposure to the sun. SunSmart behaviour needs to be a habit which commences in childhood, as much of the damage occurs during child hood and adolescence. Research suggests that severe sunburn is the major contributor to skin cancer and other forms of skin damage such as wrinkles, sunspots, blemishes and premature aging. Most skin damage and cancers are therefore preventable. Consistent skin care and awareness is the first step in the prevention of needless skin damage and cancers.

With this in mind, Queensland Cricket supports the need to educate and protect its members, thus reducing the risk of skin related damage which may arise from the sun s radiation.

Please Note: Queensland Cricket is aware of the many variables associated with administering cricket throughout the state. This policy is by no means prescriptive and should be adapted to suit each individual affiliate and club.

General Aims:

The aims of the Queensland Cricket SunSmart Policy are to promote among affiliated members and staff:

  • Positive attitudes towards skin protection
  • Lifestyle practices which can help reduce the incidence of skin cancer and the number of related deaths
  • Personal responsibility for and decision making about skin protection
  • Awareness and the need for environmental changes in and at sporting venues to reduce the level of exposure to the sun
  • Awareness of the need for variations to the hours of play (where possible) to reduce the level of exposure to the sun

Specific Aims:

Queensland Cricket should specifically aim to establish the following:

  • A model which all Queensland Cricket affiliated clubs can follow as the necessary steps to establish individual SunSmart policies.
  • Communication to affiliates, representative teams, and employees about the risks of exposure to the sun and advice as to personal protection measures which can be taken.
  • Provide advice, where practical, that when players/employees are required to be outdoors, that they are not outside during those hours of the greatest sun intensity.
  • Provide advice on Queensland Cricket endorsed clothing (carrying suitable sun protection factor) eye wear (AS 1067) and sun lotion protection (SPF 15 or higher).
  • Endorsing official SunSmart clothing apparel.
  • Help provide and facilitate the education of sun safe practices for all affiliated clubs, prior to the commencement of each season. (This would simply amount to a 10/15 minute awareness session during each pre-season training).
  • When all representative players are supplied with uniforms (whether playing, training, travel apparel, etc.) consideration should be given to design, colour, tightness of weave, and the permeability of the material.

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