Sunbed Safety

Sunbed Safety Advice page 

If used sensibly, sunbeds offer health benefits. Before hiring a sunbed please read the advice below.
Ultraviolet Rays
Sunbed lamps simulate the sun and emit UVA and UVB but they go a stage further and control the output with a balance of UV to minimise the risk of burning and maximise the tanning. As we know – no-one controls the sun! Sunbed lamp technology is subject to on-going research and development programmes to keep abreast of researched evidence on the effects of UV.
The main benefit of being tanned is seen as looking and feeling healthier. The main reason for using a sunbed is for a pre-holiday tan. Whilst the sun protection factor from a sunbed tan does not provide total protection, people having a base tan are less likely to over-expose themselves during the initial days of a holiday.

Most people are able to use a sunbed but there are exceptions.

If you answer YES to any of the questions below, you must NOT use a sunbed:

•Are you aged under 18?

•Do you always burn in natural sunlight?

•Do you have a medical condition that becomes worse in sunlight?

•Do you have an excessive amount of moles and/or freckles?

•Do you have a history of sunburn, particularly from childhood?

•Do you have skin cancer or does any member of your immediate family have/had skin cancer?

Also, if you are on any medication or drugs, please check with your GP or pharmacist before using a sunbed as certain drugs make the skin more sensitive to UV light. If you are pregnant, consult your GP before use.


7% of the UK’s adult population uses a sunbed = over 3 million people
70% of people want to be tanned
95% of sunbed users do not exceed the European Standard on maximum number of sessions per annum
88% of the UK population has skin types that can tan successfully in a controlled environment
38% of sunbed users do so for a pre-holiday tan.
83% of sunbed users claim to be quite or very knowledgeable of the possible risks from over-exposure to UV.

Source: Consumer Research on Sun tanning and Sunbeds, The Sunbed Association, UK, 1997, conducted by Taylor Nelson with a sample base of 6143 adults.


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