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Under 18's can no longer use sunbeds

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10:14am 8th April 2011

New regulations will come in to force today, making it illegal for any business to allow anyone under the age of 18 to use or have access to sunbeds.

From Friday 8 April, the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 will include regulation-making powers, to enable local authorities to take action on any business which allows under 18s to use their sunbeds. Businesses that do not comply with the legislation could face a maximum fine of £20,000.

Officers from the council’s food and safety unit regulate health and safety in over 5,000 premises in the city and will carry out the enforcement of this new Act. This will include the inspection of premises, which provide sunbeds for general public use, to make sure they are complying with the new law. A letter has been sent to all relevant businesses to raise awareness of the new legislation.

Setting an age limit will mean that un-manned salons, where no supervision or instruction is given, will no longer be acceptable due to the lack of control over the age of the users.

The new Act seeks to protect youngsters under the age of 18 from the risks associated with exposure to ultraviolet light, which can conribute to the increased incidence of skin cancer.

Presently, in England and Wales there is no legislation that provides specifically for the regulation of sunbeds. Legislation was enacted in Scotland in 2008 to prohibit the use of commercial sunbeds by persons aged under 18, the sale or hire of sunbeds to persons aged under 18, and the use of commercial sunbeds without supervision

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