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Sunbed salons still flouting laws

29th October 2012

An investigation by BBC Wales has discovered that salons in Cardiff are not obeying laws brought in a year ago which are designed to reduce people's danger of skin cancer.


The X-Ray programme asked a 14-year-old girl to visit as many tanning salons in the city as possible.

The programme found that only five salons asked if she was over 18 or asked for ID, despite a strict law introduced in October 2011 which means all salons must ask for ID and refuse to admit anyone under 18.

Two-thirds of the salons allowed the girl in and secret filming showed many salons were not complying with health regulations.

Julie Barratt, of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, who looked at the programme's film, said: "Failing to actively check someone is over the age of 18 is a criminal offence. These results are quite worrying."

"It is a major safeguard that the user should be over the age of 18 to ensure that users make sensible decisions. Just to ignore that requirement is really very poor."

After she had been shown the secret filming at one salon she said: "There is no way that is supervised, there is no advice been given...there is no verification of age. Frankly, the operator of a business operating like that is just negligent."

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