Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation causes wrinkles and skin and eye damage, ultimately leading to skin cancer.
UV cannot be seen or felt. It is not like the sun’s light which we see or the sun’s warmth (infrared radiation) which we feel. Our senses cannot detect UV so it can be damaging without us knowing. There is a huge variation in UV levels across Australia. The UV level is affected by a number of factors including the time of day, time of year, cloud cover, altitude, proximity to the equator, scattering and reflection.
At MIPS, we use the free SunSmart widget by SunSmart. The widget shows the sun protection times for our location, making it easier than ever to be smart about sun exposure all year and protect our students when they are outside, in line with our SunSmart policy.
SunSmart acknowledges the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency and the Bureau of Meteorology for the provision of UV and weather forecast data.