SunbedsNew legislation (The Sunbeds Act (NI) 2011) to protect sunbed users became law on 1 May 2012.
Sunbeds are commonly used here and 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 new law was introduced because there is growing evidence that there are health risks associated with sunbed use, including skin cancer, with young people at particular risk.
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.
- Provide customers on the risks associated with sunbeds
- Display a public information notice on the risks associated with sunbed use
- Display information making health claims in relation to the use of sunbeds
- Make sure that eye protection is provided to all customers.