Fine over sunbed session sold to teen

Published Tuesday, 29 April 2014
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A Belfast business has been fined for allowing a person aged under 18 to use a sunbed.

Fine over sunbed session sold to teen
Sunbeds in Northern Ireland are now strictly for over-18s only. (© Getty)

Checks were carried out by the city council at seven premises offering the facility last Friday, with one business selling a sunbed session to a minor.

It is illegal to allow under-18s to use sunbeds under legislation introduced two years ago, with the law enforced by councils across Northern Ireland.

A council spokeswoman said: "Sunbeds are commonly used throughout Northern Ireland and have become increasingly popular since the 1990s. Modern sunbeds work by exposing the user to UV radiation which can be the equivalent of Mediterranean sunlight at midday in August.

"The new law was introduced because of the growing evidence of the health risks associated with sunbed use, including skin cancer, with young people at particular risk."

The business, which has not been named as it can still appeal at this stage, has been issued a £250 fixed penalty.

But the council says it has decided to highlight the case to raise awareness among businesses, and to also make the public more aware of the legislation.

The law means it is illegal to allow anyone under 18 to use a sunbed, to sell or hire a sunbed to them or to have an unmanned sunbed premises.

Businesses must also inform customers about the risks associated with sunbed use, display such information publically and ensure that eye protection is provided to all customers.

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Mark Carter in Scunthorpe wrote (233 days ago):
A £250 pound fine is pathetic. Any sunbed business that flouts the law should be shut down. These things kill people and the cost of sunbed victims is a huge burden to the NHS.
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