Sunbeds are one of the newest products to be age restricted following a long campaign to clamp down on tanning shops.
The legislation was introduced by a Private Members Bill and became the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010. It came into force on 8th April 2011.
It is an offence for a Sunbed business to allow or invite a person under 18 years of age to use a Sunbed.
It is an offence to allow a person under 18 years of age to be in a restricted zone, which includes a room or partition containing a Sunbed. This means that Sunbed users aged over 18 are not permitted to take their children into a restricted zone even if their children are not using the Sunbed. There is no lower limit on this restriction, so a baby in a pram would not be permitted in a restricted zone.
It is a defence to show that the defendant took all reasonable precautions and exercised all due diligence to avoid the offence.
The penalty for a breach is an unlimited fine.
The legislation does not apply to Sunbeds in a hospital and the Sunbed is used under the direction of a registered medical practitioner.
Additional Provisions in WALES only
The following additional provisions apply in Wales only at the moment, but may in due course be extended to England:
- It is an offence for a sunbed business to allow or invite a person under 18 years of age to use a sunbed in domestic premises.
- It is an offence to sell or hire a sunbed to a person under 18 years of age.
The penalty for a breach of these provisions is an unlimited fine.
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