New Laws in Place for Solarium Use

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Under the release of new standards by the State Government, Victorians under the age of 18 years will be banned from using solariums. Standards Australia on Sunday announced the voluntary recommendations which are designed to reduce the number of people contracting skin cancer at tanning salons and a spokeswoman said some states were making new laws based on the guidelines to ensure operators of tanning salons adhered to the rules.

Under the state's new regulations the tanning industry has been asked to limit the use of sun beds to adults only and reduce the UV exposure. The organization's chief John Tucker said, "This revised standard will go a long way to help protect the community from the dangers of excessive use of sunbeds."

Victorian Health Minister Daniel Andrews is to launch other measures which would include improved assessments of skin type for adults using a solarium for the first time. Some of the changes that will be implemented include banning of unsupervised operations and people who supervise the sun beds would need to have appropriate training.

Protective eyewear will be compulsory for the clients of the solarium and they will have to undergo a complete skin type assessment. In the case of clients whose skin always burns, they will be banned from using the equipment. Solariums would be stopped from making health claims or benefits as well as claiming sunbeds to be safe and they will have to keep clients records for a minimum of two years.

Craig Sinclair from the Cancer Council of Victoria welcomed the move."The banning of under-18s and the unsupervised operations; they are the two most critical aspects that we have welcomed and pushed hard for over many years," he said.

"Certainly the solarium industry needs to become accountable, and the licensing measures they have introduced are going to make a big difference." (Harkiran Contributed to this report)


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