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Inspecting Tanning Services

Northwestern Health Unit is mandated to inspect businesses with tanning beds under the Skin Cancer Prevention Act, S.O. 2013.
The Skin Cancer Prevention Act is intended to protect young people from skin cancer by banning the use of tanning beds by youth under the age of 18.  As of May 1, 2014, youth under 18 are no longer be allowed to use tanning beds in Ontario. Operators are required to ask for proof of age identification and are not allowed to promote tanning services to youth under 18.  
The Act also requires tanning bed operators to post signs in their business about this restriction and warnings about the dangers associated with tanning bed use, to require adult customers to wear eye protection and to always have an attendant working when the tanning beds are used by adult customers.
The new legislation protects young people, who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, from skin cancer. The World Health Organization reports that the risk of skin cancer – particularly melanoma – increases by 75 per cent when tanning beds are used prior to the age of 35.
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