Legal blitz on sunbed shops who let kids tan
SUNBED salons are flouting the law by allowing children to get a tan.
Council officers sent a 15 and 16- year- old into 12 shops undercover – and they were allowed to use the beds in five of them.
The law states customers must be at least 18 because ultraviolet rays given off by beds are a skin cancer risk, particularly for the young.
Trading s t andards officers at Wigan Council, Gtr Manchester, where the checks were made, said action may be taken against rogue salon owners.
It said bosses were previously warned to check customers’ ages to stop children getting in.
Prof Kate Ardern, the council’s director for public health, said: “The risks are greater for young people. There is evidence showing that people who are frequently exposed to UV rays before the age of 25 are at greater risk.
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