Guidelines for smoke affected environments

  Dear Member Club,
With the onset of bushfire smoke having the potential to impact matches,
greens, and posing a health risk to players and officials, the below
information can help your club with managing the risks associated with
air quality, smoke and exercise.
Noting how quickly weather conditions can change and smoke pollution can
become significantly worse or significantly improve in the space of
hours, the decision to play or practice should ideally be considered in
the same way as other weather events (rain, lightning, heat) and be made
on the day.
However, this needs to be balanced against the health risks, potential
inconsistent application of approach where there are no official
umpires, and in many cases the lack of a “real time” measure of air
quality. This may require organisers to implement a blanket cancellation
of matches prior to game day.
It is recommended that clubs advise all players and officials of the
heightened risk to health when participating in smoke-polluted
conditions during outdoor play because of the increase in air entering
the airways and triggering respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.
The following considerations should be taken into account when deciding
to play or train when air quality is a potential issue.
   * If any of the air quality measures are over 200, we advise serious
consideration be given to suspending play/practice. Noting that ‘real
time’ measures may not be available, the 24-hour rolling average
measure should be considered along with the other points below
(acknowledging that the 24-hour rolling average may over or
underestimate the actual air quality at the time of judgement). Air
quality measures for Victoria can be found via the link here.
   * Where visibility is poor, air quality will be poor.
   * Officials/coaches/managers should monitor players and officials for
signs of feeling unwell and seek regular feedback.
   * If those with known respiratory conditions are coping and have the
support they need including medications.
  Kind Regards,
Bowls Victoria.