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Crackdown on Chorley tanning salons
8:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Chorley
A crackdown on tanning salons will take place in Chorley in the coming weeks after trading standards experts found that high numbers of sunbeds in other areas had failed safety checks.
Sunbed users have been warned to take care if planning to use a sunbed after Lancashire County Council officers found that only seven out of 37 sunbeds in 14 businesses across the county were legally safe to use.
According to regulations to comply with product safety standards the machines must impose a maximum UV emission of 0.3W/m2, which is equivalent to the summer midday sun in the Mediterranean.
Eighteen sunbeds were found to be at least two times over the limit whilst five were found to be at least three times the legal strength.
Businesses which fail the safety test will be warned and instructed to lower UV emissions to acceptable levels or face possible legal action.
The World Health Organisation warned against the use of cosmetic sunbeds due to the adverse effects on health including skin cancer, eye damage and premature skin aging.
County Coun Janice Hanson, cabinet member for public protection, said: “The number of tanning salons whose sunbeds have failed these tests is quite alarming.
“Whilst work so far has been focused in Morecambe and Lancaster, the problem is likely to be more widespread and we’ll be carrying out tests in other areas.
“Public safety is of utmost importance and these results show residents need to exercise care if they plan to use sunbeds. I urge businesses to take steps to ensure their sunbeds comply with UV limits.”
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