Katy Gallagher has announced new regulations to bury the tanning salon industry in a sea of red tape.
“The effect of the amendments is to require that tanning units, commonly referred to a sun beds, will need to be registered as a source of radiation. Furthermore, persons who possess a tanning unit used in a solarium, whether as owner or as a lessee, will require a licence, as will operators of tanning units in solaria,” MsGallagher said.
“The amendments impose a range of obligations on those in the solaria industry designed to protect the public, and have been based on a proposed national model that is still awaiting endorsement from the Australian Health Minister’s Council.”
“Under the new laws the use of tanning units by persons under 18 will not be permitted. The use of tanning units by people with a skin type that burns rather than tans (pale white skin) will also not be permitted,” she said.
Obligations imposed on persons operating a tanning unit in a solarium include a requirement to:
— Perform a skin assessment of every customer before the customer can use a tanning unit,
— Ensure that all persons using tanning units are required to read and sign a consent form that advises them of the risks associated with use of the units and precautions to be taken,
— Ensure the customer’s level of exposure from the tanning unit is limited, as is the frequency of the customer’s exposure; and
— Ensure appropriate eyewear is worn by the customer when using a tanning unit.
The holder of a solarium licence also has a range of obligations, which includes a requirement to:
— Ensure operators of tanning units to appropriately trained,
— Display appropriate warning notices in the solarium; and
— Keep and retain certain records.
“The obligations under the new laws are similar to those imposed by NSW legislation, but a crucial difference is the requirement to hold a licence.”
One wonders how many brave operators will manage to actually obtain the necessary certifications?