Sunbed Legislation: Information for EHO's and Industry.

(02 Aug 2014)

Sunbed Legislation: Information for EHO's and Industry.

The Public Health (Sunbeds) Act 2014 was signed into law on the 25th of June and the Act was commenced on the 21st July 2014.  

Skin cancer is the most common cause of cancer in Ireland. Figures from the National Cancer Registry show that there are approximately 5,740 new cases of skin cancer every year though the good news is that skin cancer is a highly preventable form of cancer. Surveys undertaken by the Environmental Health Officers’ Association and the Irish Cancer Society have demonstrated that 7% of the population use sunbeds with 3% using them as frequently as once a week.

International research documented in Standards Australia 2002 show that sunbeds can emit Ultraviolet Radiation (UV) radiation up to 5 times as strong as the Australian midday sun and therefore their use can substantially increase the risk of developing skin cancer.

This Legislation will be enforced by The Environmental Health Department of the Health Service Executive.

The primary policy objectives of the Act are:

(i) to protect children and those under 18 years of age from the risk of skin damage, in view of their increased risk of developing skin cancer;

(ii) to regulate the use of sunbeds by those over 18 years of age so as to reduce their likelihood, inter alia, of developing skin cancer, premature ageing and damaging their eyes from exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR); and

(iii) to generally promote a greater public awareness across all age groups, with a long term view to reduce the incidence of skin cancers.

In the coming months guidance for those selling or hiring sunbeds will be published by The Department of Health.

From 21st July 2014:

No persons under the age of 18 years of age will be allowed to use a sunbed on a sunbed premises.
No persons under the age of 18 years will be permitted entry into a restricted area in a sunbed premises.
No person under the age of 18 years of age will be allowed to either purchase or hire a sunbed.
The owner, manager or employee of a sunbed business must ensure that any person using, hiring or purchasing a sunbed is 18 years of age and over and has valid identification to prove this. 

For further information log onto the follwoing links:

Department of Health Information Page

Public Health (Sunbeds) Act 2014

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