Tanning salons meet safety levels

All tanning salons in North Tyneside now have sunbeds that meet required safety standards, it has been announced.

Earlier this year, 21 out of 26 premises were found by North Tyneside Council to have sunbeds that were emitting rays higher than European safety limits.

They were instructed to replace their sunbeds’ tubes with those of a lower strength.

Follow-up visits to the 21 premises were carried out by the trading standards team during May and June, during which all sunbeds were found to be compliant.

And the news has been welcomed by council officials, with further visits planned to ensure standards are maintained.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and environment, said: “This is excellent news.

“It’s really pleasing that North Tyneside’s tanning salons have responded positively to the concern that we identified.”

A solar meter was used to test whether the sunbeds were emitting rays within the European safety standard of UV of 0.3 watts/m2 – equivalent to the midday sun in the Mediterranean.

A council spokesperson said: “Further visits to tanning salons will take place later this year, to ensure safety standards are maintained.”

The council’s trading standards service is delivered by Capita.