Tanning salons breach EU limits

A sunbed.
A sunbed.

Four out of five tanning salons inspected in the borough were found to have sunbeds which are too powerful.

Action has now been taken against the salons following joint visits in February and March by North Tyneside Council’s trading standards and environmental health teams.

A total of 21 out of 26 premises were found to have sunbeds that did not meet required safety levels.

Officials found 33 out of the 50 sunbeds tested were emitting rays higher than European safety limits, posing an increased health risk if used over a prolonged period. In some cases, UV emissions were almost four times the allowed level.

The 21 premises have been instructed to replace their sunbed’s tubes with those of a lower strength, with the council saying further visits will be carried out.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said “Ensuring the safety of our residents is a top priority.

“The work of our trading standards team has identified a serious issue concerning the strength of sunbeds in most of North Tyneside’s tanning salons.

“I’m pleased that action is being taken and that these checks will be repeated to ensure the sunbeds are compliant.”

Anyone with concerns about the strength of sunbeds operating in North Tyneside contact 08454 04 05 06 or email trading.standards@northtyneside.gov.uk