New – Solarium Regulation

New Guidelines for the Operation of Solaria in Tasmania (the Guidelines) commenced on 26 August 2009. The Guidelines significantly restrict the cosmetic use of solaria in Tasmania and aim to reduce the number of avoidable melanoma cases in the state.

The Guidelines were developed in consultation with the Tasmanian community and reflect nationally-agreed principles on the use of solaria.

The Guidelines include banning people aged under 18 and those with very fair skin from using tanning units for cosmetic reasons – effective immediately - and require operators to have training in identifying skin types, from 1 March 2010.

Solarium users will also be required to sign a consent form before beginning a course of tanning.

The Guidelines are issued pursuant to section 184 of the Public Health Act 1997. It is a legal requirement to comply with the Guidelines. Failure to do so may result in significant fines. The maximum fine that may be imposed for non-compliance is $6000.

For any enquiries, please contact the Public & Environmental Health Service on 1800 671 738

Links to:

- Guidelines

- consultation paper

- A3 Solarium Poster

- consent form

- text of warning notice

Related Links

Australian Radiation Protection And Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA)

http://www.arpansa.gov.au/

Cancer Council Australia

http://www.cancer.org.au/Home.htm