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New sunbed legislation comes into force in Flintshire

NEW sunbed legislation has come into force in Wales.

As well as under 18s no longer being able to use sunbeds, unmanned sunbeds will be banned, as well as posters promoting the benefits of sunbeds.

The legislation, which came in at the end of October, aims to provide greater protection for people who use sunbeds.

The law prohibits under 18s from buying, hiring or using a sunbed because the likelihood of developing skin cancer is increased if you get sunburnt as a child or young person.

Older people will also have to be given competent advice on the effects of artificial tanning.

There will be legal requirements for businesses operating sun beds to provide advice to customers regarding their skin type, correct exposure time, and effects of artificial tanning.

All operators will also have to provide eye protection.

Flintshire County Council’s health and safety enforcement teams will be contacting all sunbed businesses to notify them of the new changes.

During November and December, all premises with sun beds, including those that sell and hire sunbeds, will be visited and provided with specific free advice and guidance explaining what premises need to do to comply with the new legislation.

Training sessions during December and January have been organised for all sunbed businesses.

Following training, further business revisits will take place between January and March 2012 to ensure that all premises have implemented and comply with the new measures .

Ian Vaughan Evans, interim public protection manager for Flintshire County Council, said: “Flintshire County Council are committed to ensuring businesses understand their legal requirements and sunbed users are provided with competent advice and guidance on the effects of artificial tanning.”

For more information contact Flintshire County Council on 01352 703381.