Every day, physical activity is enjoyed by many Australians and Worldwide. It takes place in a variety of settings, including outdoors, which exposes individuals to a range of different conditions including ultraviolet (UV) radiation. During sport, players, officials and spectators can be exposed to excessive levels of UV radiation that can cause skin and eye damage, sunburn and skin cancer. While many people already take steps to protect themselves from the sun, it is important that clubs also work to minimise the risk from UV exposure during sport.
There are many factors that can increase the likelihood of exposure to UV levels including:
time of day (typically higher between 10am and 2pm / 11am and 3pm Daylight Savings Time)
time of year (typically higher from mid-August to the end of April)
cloud coverage (can still be high on a cloudy day)
altitude (increases with altitude)
reflective surfaces (water, snow, sand, grass can increase exposure)
location (higher UV levels can be experienced across different geographic locations)
The good news is that the damage caused by UV exposure is easily preventable if individuals and organisations take measures to reduce the risk factors that expose us to UV radiation.
Individuals can reduce the risk of UV exposure by adopting protection measures that reduce the risk of harmful UV to their skin and eyes. The Halo is designed for this purpose and prevention!