On 1 May 2012 the Sunbeds Act (NI) 2011 was introduced to protect sunbed users as there is growing evidence that there are health risks associated with sunbed use, including skin cancer, with young people at particular risk.
Sunbeds have become increasingly popular since the 1990s. Modern sunbeds work by exposing the user to UV radiation which can be the equivalent of Mediterranean sunlight at midday in August.
The law means that it is illegal for a sunbed business to:
- allow anyone under 18 to use a sunbed
- sell or hire a sunbed to anyone under 18
- have an unmanned sunbed premises.
The business must also:
- provide information to customers on the risks of using sunbeds.
- display a public information notice on the risks of using sunbeds.
- display information making health claims in relation to the use of sunbeds.
- make sure that eye protection is provided to all customers.