Sunbed ban sought
Consumer NZ supports amendments to the law around the use of sunbeds, but also says they don’t go far enough.
Parliament’s Health Select Committee has recommended amending the law to make it illegal for operators to allow under-18s to use a sunbed. The amendment is contained in the Health (Protection) Amendment Bill. Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin wants to see a total ban on sunbeds and is disappointed the Health Select Committee didn’t endorse this.
A Consumer NZ mystery shop of 60 sunbed operators has found more than 40 per cent failed to implement key safety checks. One operator also allowed a 14-year-old to use a sunbed, despite the industry’s voluntary standard restricting sunbed use to people 18 years and over.
‘‘Although this year’s survey has shown an improvement in compliance with the voluntary standard, many operators are still not complying with key safety criteria. Restricting sunbed use to people 18 and over won’t remedy the problems we’ve found.’’
Chetwin says the results show regulation of the sector is needed.
Under the voluntary standard, people using a sunbed should be given a consent form to sign that checks their age, spells out the risks of sunbed use, makes it clear who’s at high risk and emphasises the importance of wearing protective goggles. In Consumer’s mystery shop, 13 operators didn’t provide this.