There is convincing evidence that exposure to ultraviolet radiation can cause skin cancer and other health conditions. This is true of the natural UV rays from sunlight or UV radiation from artificial tanning devices, such as sunbeds. It is estimated that in the UK about 100 people die each year from melanomas that are due to sunbed use. This would equate to two to three deaths per year in Northern Ireland.
Regulation of the sunbed industry in Northern Ireland
Since 1 May 2012, sunbed use in Northern Ireland has been regulated by new legislation:
- Sunbeds Act (Northern Ireland) 2011
- The Sunbeds (Information) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012
- The Sunbeds (Fixed Penalty) (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012
- The Sunbeds (Fixed Penalty) (Amount) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012