New guidelines have been issued to help the operators of tanning salons in England and Wales avoid injury compensation claims from users who have been negatively affected.
The revised guidance was produced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in support of the Department of Health’s cancer reform strategy.
It provides recommendations about safe operation of ultraviolet tanning equipment, including advice about potential hazards and risk assessments.
Giles Denham, policy director at HSE, says the advice should help sunbed salon customers to avoid injury.
"We recommend that owners ensure their salons are staffed all the time, even if they are coin-operated, and that UV tanning equipment is not used by people under 18," he commented.
The guidance follows reports earlier in the year that a 14-year-old girl in Scotland suffered 70 per cent burns from using an unstaffed tanning salon, which could potentially lead to an injury compensation claim.