Children won’t be allowed to use sunbeds from New Year’s Day

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The Sunbeds Act 2013 comes into operation on New Year’s Day.

The main purpose of the law is to prevent the use of sunbeds on commercial business premises by children and young people under the age of 18.

Juan Turner MLC, member in charge of the Environment Directorate, said: ‘The health case for this legislation is quite clear: skin cancer incidence is on the increase. The main cause of skin cancer is over-exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. This may be from natural sunlight or artificial rays from the use of sunbeds and sunlamps.

‘Skin cancer typically takes decades to develop, so may not become apparent until years after the damaging exposure’

He added: ‘This Act prevents the use of sunbeds in unmanned premises and provides that persons aged under 18 are prevented from using sunbeds. Businesses that offer sunbeds for use on their premises are banned from allowing persons aged under 18 to use, or have access to, their sunbeds, and from offering their sunbeds for use by persons aged under 18.

‘In addition new regulations provide that certain notices and information regarding the risks of using sunbeds are to be given to all persons using sunbeds.’

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