What is the Skin Cancer Prevention Act?
The Skin Cancer Prevention Act (Tanning Beds), 2013
The new Skin Cancer Prevention Act (Tanning Beds), 2013, which bans the use of tanning beds by youth under 18 years of age, is effective Thursday May 1, 2014. This legislation :
- Prohibits the sale, advertising and marketing of tanning services to youth under 18
- Requires that tanning bed operators request identification from anyone who appears under 25 years old
- Requires tanning bed operators to post signs stating the ban on minors and the health risks of tanning bed use
- Requires that all individuals using tanning beds are provided with protective eyewear
- Requires that all tanning bed operators provide written notice of their location and business contact information to their local Medical Officer of Health
- Sets fines for tanning bed owners/operators who fail to comply
- Authorizes inspectors to inspect and enforce these requirements
The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified tanning beds in its highest cancer risk category along with asbestos and tobacco.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has stated that tanning bed use increases the risk of the deadliest form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma. That risk is 75% higher if tanning bed use begins before the age of 35. This legislation will reduce the likelihood of youth being exposed to UV radiation at a young age.
How it Affects You?
Tanning bed operators must be aware of their responsibilities under the new legislation that include:
- Not providing or selling tanning services to youth under the age of 18
- Providing written notice of their business name, address and telephone number to the local Medical Officer of Health
- Requesting appropriate identification from anyone who appears to be under 25 years old
- Restricting advertising and marketing targeted at youth under 18 years old
- Posting the required health warning and identification signs
- Requiring the use of protective eyewear and instruction on proper use
Are You a Retailer?
All tanning bed operators will be required to display four different types of signs under the Skin Cancer Prevention Act (Tanning Beds):
- A Point of Sale Warning Sign
- A Health Warning Sign
- An Age Restriction and Identification Decal
- An Employee Reminder Decal
Signs must be visible to patrons.