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Sunbed Standards

The Sunbed (Northern Ireland) Act 2011 came into operation on 1 May 2012. This legislation was brought in to protect the public because of the risks associated with the use of sunbeds, particularly for young people.

The Act places a duty on each district council to enforce the legislation and includes measures to:

  • prohibit the use of sunbeds by anyone under 18 years of age
  • prohibit the sale or hire of sunbeds to anyone under 18 years of age
  • prohibit unsupervised use of commercial sunbeds
  • ensure adequate protective eyewear is provided
  • ensure a public information notice on the health risks is displayed
  • ensure users are provided with written information on the health risk
  • prohibit making unfounded/unproven health benefit claims of sunbed use

If you have any concerns about the safety standards at a business with sunbeds contact the Environmental Health Department of your local council.