By Beth Sharp Thursday 10 October 2013 Updated: 11/10 11:19
TANNERS in Bromsgrove and Rubery are being urged to be on the lookout for 'Safer Tanning' certificates after shocking statistics revealed 80 per cent of Worcestershire studios were using banned UV lights.
The tubes in question, according to checks carried out earlier this year, were three times over the safety limit and fewer than one in five Worcestershire studios were shown to be operating legally.
Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) has inspected most of the salons across the county and now the majority of them have replaced all old and defective UV tubes with new ones which meet the legal requirement.
All salons should now have a certificate that proves they are fully compliant with health and safety laws surrounding UV radiation levels in tanning beds and booths.
The legal limit is the equivalent strength of the midday sun in the Mediterranean which is 0.3 watts per square metre.
Coun Lucy Hodgson, Worcestershire Regulatory Services joint committee chairman, said the so-called ‘healthy glow’ of a tan did not come without risks and it was known young people who were frequently exposed to UV had a greater risk of developing skin cancer later in life.
She also added: “The vast majority of tanning studios provide a great service and are fully aware of the risks and safeguards surrounding with tanning.
"You can be totally confident by asking your studio to show you their Safer Tanning certificate."
The minority of studios that do not have a certificate are being encouraged by officers from the WRS to heed regulatory warnings or the use of all non-compliant equipment will be banned and the owner may face prosecution.
For more information about safe tanning visit www.sunsmart.org.uk.
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