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Bid to protect teens from tanning hazards

A new campaign to protect youngsters from the risks of using sunbeds has been launched by Ipswich Borough Council.

During August, the Council’s Occupational Health and Safety Team will be trying to make sure providers of solaria and sunbeds are aware of new duties imposed upon them by the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010.

The act aims to protect people under 18 from the risks to their health from using sunbeds. From 6th April it has been illegal to sell or offer tanning sessions to anyone under 18.

Councillor Neil Macdonald, the Council’s Deputy Leader and portfolio-holder for Safer Ipswich, said today: “It is important that businesses are aware of their new duties. Cancer Research UK studies show that two people under the age of 35 are diagnosed with malignant melanoma each day and that 6% of children aged between 11 and 17 had used a sunbed. We do not feel this act will add any major burden on businesses but it is important that they are aware of their responsibilities.”

The maximum fine for a breach is £20,000.

Nigel Burrows, Principal Environmental Health Officer, said: “We will be visiting premises to make sure businesses are aware of these new duties and where necessary advise them how best to comply. We have timed our visits to coincide with the school summer holidays when we think young people might want to top-up tans before going on holidays. We have written to all the places with sunbeds, including beauty salons, leisure centres, gyms and hotels and given them Department of Health guidance leaflets.”

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