Bill to target sunbed use by under 18s

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THE future of unmanned tanning studios is in jeopardy.

New sections in the Public Health (Amendment) Bill 2011 propose a crackdown on sunbed use which includes banning anyone under the age of 18 from visiting a tanning studio and buying or hiring a sunbed.

Fines of up to £2,500 would be payable by a company found to have contravened the law.

But it is the stipulation that all tanning studios must always be manned that will hit hardest for the coin operated outfits, which don’t usually have a member of staff on the premises.

As well as requiring constant manning, the bill says tanning studios must provide customers with information about the dangers of tanning each time they use a sunbed.

The Environment Directorate of the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture has put the draft bill out for consultation.

The bill amends the Public Health Act 1990, updating it to comply with the International Health Regulations 2005.

The consultation documents are available on the government consultations page at the following

or copies can be obtained from the Environment Directorate on 685894 or email

The consultation period closes on May 31.

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