What is a Sunbed Licence?
UK business owners do not require a licence to operate a tanning salon but will need to abide by strict guidelines as set out in the Sunbeds (Regulations) Act 2010.
The act, which came into force on 8 April 2011 states that businesses providing the use of sunbeds to the public must ensure that no person under the age of 18 years of age must be allowed to use a sunbed within the premises. The strict age restriction guideline is due to the fact that young people are at greater risk of developing skin cancer from over-exposure to UV rays, and as a result, age restrictions and safeguarding protocols must be implemented within a tanning salon business.
These safeguarding protocols include staff being trained on UK age restriction legislation and being actively encouraged to ask customers who they believe to be under the age of 21 for a form of photo ID under the ‘Challenge 21 age verification scheme’.
REMEMBER – Local authority may conduct premises inspections to ensure that registered staff have completed and are up to date with training, and that age safeguarding protocols have been implemented.
What is the Sunbed Association?
The Sunbed Association is the official association for tanning salons within the UK and was established with the intent to promote good practice within the industry. While membership of the Sunbed Association is not a mandatory requirement, it is recommended that new tanning salon businesses sign up.
Being members of the Sunbed Association publicly showcases a business promotes safe practice and responsible tanning within its premises. Businesses will also receive marketing material and Health and Safety posters, as well as a training material for staff.
Applications for membership can be made via the Official Sunbed Association Website.
REMEMBER – Becoming a member of the Sunbed Association is not a legal requirement but will positively promote your business as a reputable outlet where customers will be re-assured that you adhere to Sunbed Association codes of practice.