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Tanning bed laws to be reviewed
03 Aug 2015 07:07
The Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar has announced new measures to assess compliance with a law banning the use of tanning beds by minors.
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The test purchase guidelines will allow the Health Service Executive to send a person aged 15, 16 or 17 into a sunbed premises to attempt to purchase a sunbed tanning session.
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The use of sunbeds by minors in tanning salons and other premises was banned by legislation last year.
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Guidelines published today allow authorities to check compliance with the law.
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Teenagers will be sent in as secret shoppers to check if sunbed operators are asking for age identification.
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Minister Varadkar said the test purchase programme was not to entrap businesses breaking the law.
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The secret shoppers will not be permitted to lie about their age, if they are asked.
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Similar test programmes are in place for the sale of alcohol and tobacco.
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The minister said these guidelines are to protect young people from the dangers associated with the use of sunbeds. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in Ireland and international studies show the use of sunbeds can increase the risk of developing cancer.
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The Health Service Executive says the test purchases will commence in the near future.
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