The Committee of Management has published a new Air Quality Policy to provide guidance to members, Instructors and OOD’s to ensure the safe activities during club sailing, fishing, Tackers program, Learn-to-Sail courses, special events, functions and other club-related activities where the air quality may be compromised. It represents our club’s commitment to its members, volunteers and visitors, acknowledging the role that sporting clubs and associations play in ensuring healthy communities.
This policy will help to ensure our club:
- Meets its duty of care in relation to the health and safety of our members, volunteers and visitors who attend any club events, special functions and other activities.
- Upholds the reputation of our club.
- Understands the risks associated with poor air quality, and our role in minimising risk.
- Help educate our members about air quality.
Bush fire smoke and dust storms are the two main environmental conditions for which you may need to consider the air quality to determine if a Club activity, such as sailing, fishing, Learn-to-Sail or Tackers programs should be revised or cancelled. The intensity of the health affect is multiplied if the participant is exerting themselves undertaking effort and energy when exercising.
Smoke from bushfires is made up of small particles, gases and water vapour. The particles are very small – up to 1/30th the diameter of an average human hair – and are not visible to the human eye.
These particles can cause a variety of health problems, such as itchy or burning eyes, throat irritation, runny nose and illnesses such as bronchitis. The smoke particles can also aggravate existing lung conditions, such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.
Dust storms are natural events and are common in parts of the world with dryland areas. Periods of severe and widespread drought can dramatically increase the likelihood of major dust storms, particularly during the summer months. This Policy will be regularly reviewed to ensure that it reflects current Health knowledge.
The Air Quality Index (AQI) is an index for reporting daily and hourly air quality. It is an indication of how clean or polluted the air is in areas across VIC., by using EPA monitoring stations in the area.
Monitoring of Air quality levels can be found at:
- Air Quality Index
- EPA AirWatch website
- Victorian Emergency Services Website
- Department of Health and Human Services
Download an air rating App from Apple or Google stores:
- Emergency Management VIC (EMV) App
- IQAir Airvisual.