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Third of sunbeds tested breached safety regulations.

A THIRD of sunbeds tested in south Warwickshire salons breached health and safety regulatutions.

Tests on sunbeds across the Stratford-on-Avon Dis A - trict revealed 33 per cent of salons visited had one or more beds that were emitting UV radiation above the acceptable British Standard.

Warwickshire County Council's Trading Standards Service, working with Stratford District Council's Environmental Health Service visited six High Street salons in the District and tested the UV emissions of 12 sunbeds. Sunbeds must not emit UV levels higher than 0.3 W/m2, equivalent to the intensity of the midday sun in the summer in the Mediterranean.

Salons also need to ensure that they are restricting access to sunbeds to anyone aged below 18 years.

Problems were identi-ed with four beds used in two salons.

Two sunbeds were found to be emitting UV radiation over 0.46W/m'. Where sunbeds were found to be non-compliant, salon owners voluntarily undertook to correct the problems to bring their sunbeds within the British Standard.

High levels of Ultra Violet Radiation from equipment can cause injuries and ill health, including sunburn, conjunctivitis and long term issues of skin cancer, cataracts and premature skin aging.

In the year 2013 there was a reported 8 per cent rise from the previous year in the number of reported incidences of malignant melanoma in Warwick-Warwickshire.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 24, 2014
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