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Tanning Beds - Skin Cancer Prevention Act


Effective on May 1, 2014, the Skin Cancer Prevention Act bans youth under 18 years of age from accessing tanning services or ultraviolet light treatments for tanning.

Specifically, the legislation:

  • Prohibits the sale, advertising and marketing of tanning services to youth under 18

  • Requires that tanning bed operators request identification from anyone who appears under 25 years of age

  • Requires that tanning bed operators post signs stating the ban  on minors and the health risks of tanning bed use

  • Requires that all individuals using tanning beds are provided with protective eyewear

  • Requires that all tanning bed operators provide written notice of their location and business contact information to their local Medical Officer of Health

  • Sets fines for tanning bed owners/operators who fail to comply

  • Authorizes inspectors to inspect and enforce these requirements

Why is this being done?

The Skin Cancer Prevention Act will help protect young people against skin cancer. According to the Canadian Cancer Society people who expose their skin to ultraviolet (UV) rays, whether from the sun, tanning beds or sun lamps, increase their chances of getting skin cancer. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified tanning beds in its highest cancer risk category along with asbestos and tobacco.

How can we help?

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit can provide assistance in complying with the new law. Our staff will also investigate complaints and enforce the Act.

If you have questions/inquiries about the regulations, email us

or call toll-free at 1-866-888-4577 and speak to a Public Health Inspector

Additional Resources: 

Information for Tanning Bed Operators

Backgrounder: Skin Cancer Prevention Act

Fact Sheet: How the Skin Cancer Prevention Act Affects Tanning Bed Operators

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - Information and downloadable resources for tanning bed operators

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