Coun­cil praised for sunbed bylaw

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Auck­land will be the first city in the coun­try to li­cense sunbeds and slap an age re­stric­tion on their use.

Auck­land Coun­cil will re­quire com­mer­cial sunbed busi­nesses to com­ply with a new code of prac­tice in­clud­ing re­strict­ing use to those 18 years and over.

The re­quire­ments are part of a new health and hy­giene bylaw passed by the coun­cil last week.

Op­er­a­tors of other ser­vices that risk burn­ing the skin, in­clud­ing laser and pulsed-light treat­ments, will also need li­cences to op­er­ate.

The Can­cer So­ci­ety praised the move. Auck­land and North­land chief ex­ec­u­tive John Loof says the coun­cil is ‘‘lead­ing the way’’.

‘‘Melanoma, the fourth most com­mon can­cer in New Zealand, is po­ten­tially pre­ventable, be­cause more than 90 per cent are caused by UV ex­po­sure from the sun and sunbeds. While we can’t con­trol peo­ple’s sun ex­po­sure, we now can ex­pect greater con­trol over their use of sun beds.’’

Busi­nesses that ‘‘risk break­ing the skin’’ such as hair re­moval, man­i­cure/pedi­cure and ex­fo­li­a­tion – are also cov­ered.

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